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August 10, 1999

All Purpose Home & Garden Sprayers Recalled

Recalled Pesticide SprayerLowell, MI (SafetyAlerts) - Root-Lowell Manufacturing Co., of Lowell, Mich., is voluntarily recalling 90,000 all-purpose sprayers for use in the home and garden. Only 1 gallon, pump-type plastic sprayer bottles are included in the recall. Consumers typically fill the sprayers with cleaning agents or liquid fertilizer. The sprayer is a white container with a black pump assembly and black lettering on the label. Only sprayers with pump numbers "5" through "8" are part of this recall. The number is located on a small tab on the rim of the pump assembly. "Model 1201" and "RL FLO-MASTER" are written on the label of the sprayer. Home and garden, grocery, mass merchandise and specialty stores nationwide sold the sprayers from January 1999 through July 1999 for about $10.

The pump assembly can eject from the sprayer under pressurization. Consumers can be injured from the ejecting pump assembly or exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals. This ejection can happen without warning.

Root-Lowell Manufacturing has received three reports of the pump assembly ejecting from the sprayer bottles resulting in three injuries. The injuries included lacerations, facial injuries and chest bruising.

Consumers are advised to stop using these sprayer bottles immediately and either return them to the store where purchased for a full refund, or obtain a free replacement pump assembly from Root-Lowell Manufacturing Co. Contact the company at (877) 748-0099 between 10:30 a.m. and 7p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, or on their web site at

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