April 11, 2000Homelite® Handheld Power
Blowers/Vacuums May Present a Fire Hazard
Charlotte, NC (SafetyAlerts)
- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), John Deere
Consumer Products Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 200,000 Homelite® handheld power
blowers/vacuums. The fuel line location can cause it to contact the edge of the engine
shroud, causing the line to prematurely wear. This can result in a gasoline leak,
presenting a fire hazard and causing burn injuries to consumers.
John Deere Consumer Products has
received two reports of the fuel line leaking from these power blowers/vacuums. There have
been no reports of fires or injuries.
These gasoline-powered, handheld power
blowers/vacuums are red and black. The Homelite® logo is written on the inlet cover door.
They can be identified by the following UT and serial numbers on a sticker attached to the
unit near the blower tube:
|HT2130001 through HT3659999
||HA0010001 through HA3659999
|MA0010001 through MA3659999
||MB0010001 through MB0459999
Home center and hardware stores
including the Home Depot, Eagle Hardware and Ace Hardware, sold these blowers/vacuums
nationwide from August 1998 through January 2000 for about $150.
Consumers should stop using these
power blowers - vacuums immediately and contact their nearest Homelite® service dealer
for a free inspection and repair. To locate the local service dealer or for more
information, call John Deere Consumer Products at (800) 242-4672 anytime.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers April 11, 2000.
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