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July 31, 1997

Release # 97-165
CPSC: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

CPSC, Homelite Inc. Announce Recall of Gasoline-Powered Backpack Blowers

CPSC, Homelite Inc. Announce Recall of Gasoline-Powered Backpack BlowersWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Homelite Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., is announcing a voluntary recall to repair over 80,000 model BP-250 Homelite gasoline-powered backpack blowers. If the blower's fuel lines are routed too closely to the engine cylinder, they can crack and leak fuel, presenting a fire hazard to consumers.

Homelite Inc. has received five reports of fuel lines leaking. Two fires and one burn injury resulting in a slightly singed back have been associated with these blowers.

The model BP-250 Homelite blower measures 2.5 feet high and 1.5 feet wide and has a 30 cubic centimeter engine. The blower is mostly red with black components and is mounted on a black frame to which shoulder straps are attached. The words, "Homelite BP-250...Made in U.S.A." appear under the blower's red support bar. The blowers involved in this recall have UT numbers UT 08017F or UT 08017G and serial numbers ranging from HP2000001 through HP3659999, HQ0010001 through HQ3659999, and HR0010001 through HR2109999 located on a sticker attached to the fuel tank.

Authorized Homelite dealers nationwide, including lawn and garden and building supply stores, sold the blowers from October 1994 through December 1996 for about $200.

Consumers should stop using the blowers immediately and take them to the nearest Homelite servicing dealer for repair. For the name of the nearest Homelite servicing dealer or for more information about this recall, consumers should call Homelite Inc. at (800) 242-4672 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

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 CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to