February 26, 2002
Ingersoll-Rand Has Recalled Portable Air Compressors
Lake, NJ (SafetyAlerts)
has recalled about
458,000 portable air compressors sold between 1983 and 1991. Internal
corrosion to the inner wall of the air receiver tank can cause the air tank
to unexpectedly rupture allowing pressurized air to suddenly and forcefully
escape, posing risk of injury to consumers.
Ingersoll-Rand has received 11 reports of sudden tank failure in these
portable air compressors. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled portable compressors have single-phase electric motors up to
3hp or gasoline engines up to 8hp with tank sizes up to 30 gallons. The
compressors were marketed under various brand names, including Ajax, Charge
Air Pro, Energair, Guardian Power, MacTool, Power Force, Rallye, Rand 4000,
and Steel Driver. The compressors have serial numbers beginning with the
prefix "C" or "DC". The model numbers begin with the following prefixes -
1B, 1D, 1E, 1I, 2B, 2D, 2E, 3B, 3D, 3E, 4B, 4E, 5E, 5G, 15E, 23HP, 75, 75E,
250E, AB, AIR, AJ, C, CAP, CB, CL, CO, CP, CR, CS, CT, EA, GC, GP, HP, HPC,
IR, IRC, LTD, MT, OI, PF, RA, RL, RP, RY, SC, SDS, SE, THP, and WB. Model
and serial numbers are located on a plate or sticker attached to the outside
housing of the air compressor. On some oil-less models, the model and serial
numbers are affixed to an internal floor baffle beneath a removable plastic
Hardware and construction supply stores nationwide sold the air compressors
from 1983 through 1991 for between $150 and $400.
Air compressor receiver tanks do not have an infinite life. Tank life is
dependent upon several factors, some of which include operating conditions,
ambient conditions, proper installations, field modifications, and the level
of maintenance. The exact effect of these factors on air receiver life is
difficult to predict. Due to the current age of these products,
Ingersoll-Rand is voluntarily undertaking this action to take these products
out of service.
Consumers should stop using the air compressors immediately and contact
Ingersoll-Rand for instructions on returning the compressor, freight paid.
Consumers will have the option of being sent a check for $100.00 or
receiving a $200.00 credit towards the purchase of a new DD2T2 air
compressor. For more information, consumers can contact Ingersoll-Rand at
(877) 552-2952 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit
the firm's web site at www.air.ingersoll-rand.com.