September 12, 2002Northern Tool & Equipment Has
Recalled Air Compressors
- Northern Tool & Equipment has recalled
about 3,400 electric air compressors. The capacitors on these compressors
can overheat, catch fire and ignite the plastic cover above the capacitor.
Northern Tool has received six reports of capacitors overheating or
igniting. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled air compressors are Model 191000 and Model 192000. The model
number on both units can be found on the shipping carton and invoice. The
Model 191000 is a 2.5 HP air compressor with a red, six- gallon capacity
tank. A blue "Northern Industrial Tools" label is on the side of the tank.
The compressor motor sits on top the tank and is covered with a black
plastic shell. The Model 192000 is a 2.5 HP unit with twin two-gallon tanks.
The twin tanks are red and stacked vertically on one side of the unit. A
blue "Northern Industrial Tools" label is on the side of the top tank. The
motor is located at the base of the unit, adjacent to the twin tanks, and is
partially covered with a black plastic shell.
Northern Tool sold the recalled Model 191000 and 192000 air compressors
through direct mail and Northern Tool specialty stores nationwide from
January 2002 to May 2002 for between $110 and $120.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Model 191000 and 192000
air compressors and should contact Northern Tool for a refund. For more
information, consumers can contact Northern Tool at (800) 222-5381 between 8
a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
This recall includes only those Model 191000 and 192000 compressors sold
between January and May 2002.