June 26, 2001CPSC, Five Firms Announce Recall
of Backpack Blowers
DC (SafetyAlerts) - In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), five firms are
recalling about 50,500 backpack blowers. The fuel tanks on these blowers can leak, posing
a fire hazard and risk of burn injuries to consumers.
The following firms are conducting this recall: Husqvarna Forest & Garden Co., of
Charlotte, N.C.; John Deere Consumer Products Inc., of Moline, Ill.; Makita U.S.A. Inc.,
of La Mirada, Calif.; Carswell Import & Marketing Associates Inc., of Winston-Salem,
N.C.; and Tilton Equipment Co., of Rye, N.H.
Carswell has received 159 reports of leaking fuel tanks on these blowers. Makita U.S.A has
received 55 reports of leaks. John Deere has received five reports of leaks. No injuries
have been reported. The other firms have not had reports of leaks.
The recalled blowers all have their brand name, model number and serial number written on
the units. Consumers should check with the manufacturer to determine if their blower is
part of the recall. Consumers should have their serial number available when they contact
Consumers should stop using the
recalled blowers immediately, and contact the manufacturer to have their blower repaired
free of charge.
|Husqvarna Forest & Garden Co.
||155BT and 155BF
||Sold from June 1998 through June 2001
|John Deere Consumer Products Inc.
||UT 26113, UT08093 and UT08104
||Sold from January 1998 through April 2001
|Makita U.S.A. Inc.
||Sold from March 1997 through January 2001
|Carswell Import & Marketing Associates
||Sold from December 1996 through June 2001
|Tilton Equipment Co.
||Sold from August 2000 through May 2001
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