April 24, 2001Backpack Blowers Recalled by
Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
CA (SafetyAlerts) - Kawasaki Motors
Corp. U.S.A., in cooperation with Star Garden Supply Inc., of Pico Rivera, Calif., and TMC
Power Equipment Inc., of Monterey Park, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 3,000
ASTRON and TMC backpack blowers.
The engine exhaust can emit flames,
posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Kawasaki has received two reports of
flames coming out of the engine exhaust. No injuries have been reported.
ASTRON and TMC dealers nationwide
sold the backpack blowers to lawn and garden companies from October 2000 through February
2001 for about $500. The recalled backpack blowers were manufactured under two different
model names; though, each uses a TEX54D Kawasaki engine:
The ASTRON KB-541, which was
distributed by Star Garden Supply, model has a red fan case, with a white fuel tank and
black frame. The words, "Astron Backpack Blower" and the model number are on a
label on the gas tank and on a cap right above the tank.
The TMC KTBL-5600XA, which was
distributed by TMC Power Equipment, has a white fan case and fuel tank, with a black
frame. The model name, "TMC," and the model number are on a label on the fuel
tank, and the name "Kawasaki" is on a cap right above the tank.
The blower serial numbers can be
found on the blower base of the ASTRON products, and on the fan case of TMC products. The
engine serial numbers can be found at the bottom of the recoil starter:
||Blower Serial No. Ranges
||Engine Serial No. Ranges
||0950001 through 0950700
0X50001 through 0X50700
0Y50001 through 0Y50700
|TEX54D-AE80 159675 through 160384
TEX54D-AE80 160901 through 161600
TEX54D-AE80 162056 through 162755
||56010001 through 56011050
||TEX54D-AF70 161701 through 162050
TEX54D-BF70 172943 through 173642
Consumers should stop using the
backpack blowers immediately, and call their local ASTRON or TMC dealer for a free repair.
For more information, call Kawasaki toll-free at (800) 433-5640 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30
p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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