March 27, 1996
Release # 96-087
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Shindaiwa Announce Recall of Backpack
Blowers and Chain Saws
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Shindaiwa Inc. of Tualatin, Ore., is announcing
the recall of approximately 18,500 Shindaiwa model EB-45 backpack blowers, and 4,970
Shindaiwa model 300S chain saws. The tools' fuel tanks could leak, presenting a possible
chemical burn or fire hazard. Shindaiwa is not aware of any injuries involving these
The red blower is mounted on a black metal backpack frame with shoulder straps, black
blower tubes, and a white fuel tank with "Shindaiwa ... model number EB-45"
printed in the center. The red chain saw has a gray guide bar and "model number
300S" printed on the pull-start housing.
Authorized Shindaiwa dealers nationwide sold these tools from April 1992 to June 1995. The
backpack blowers sold for approximately $430 each and the chain saw for approximately $300
Consumers who own the recalled backpack blowers or chain saws should stop using them
immediately and return them to any authorized Shindaiwa servicing dealer. The backpack
blower and chain saw will be fitted with a redesigned fuel tank at no charge. For more
information, consumers should call Shindaiwa toll-free at (800) 521-7733.
Shindaiwa is conducting this recall to prevent the possibility of injury.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
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