August 10, 1999
All Purpose Home & Garden Sprayers Recalled
Lowell, 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 http://www.sprayer.com.
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