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December 16, 2003

CPSC, Emerson Tool Company Announce Recall of Wet/Dry Vacuums

The following product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Wet/Dry Vacuums

Manufacturer: Emerson Tool Company, a division of Emerson Electric Co., of St. Louis, Mo.

Hazard: The exhaust blower ports on the wet/dry vacuums are large enough for a small child to reach inside and touch the spinning blower wheel. This poses a laceration hazard to small children.

Incidents/Injuries: Emerson Tool Company has received 10 reports of children inserting their arms into the ports and receiving minor cuts and abrasions to their fingertips.

Description: The recall involves Craftsman 16-gallon and RIDGID 12- and 16-gallon wet/dry vacuums. The vacuums are used to pick up wet and dry debris. Another feature of the vacuum is the blower, which provides additional cleaning functions.

Sold at: Home Depot stores and RIDGE Tool distributors nationwide from March 1999 through October 2002 and Sears Roebuck & Co. stores nationwide from September 1998 through October 2002 for between $70 and $300.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should contact Emerson toll-free number to request a free insert. The insert is installed inside the blower port to eliminate the hazard.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should call Emerson Tool Company toll-free at (800) 359-0179 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at

Product Description Retail Price* Model Number Serial Number**
RIDGID 12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac $74.00 WD12450 01310-02193
RIDGID 16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac $94.00
Craftsman 16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac $139.00
* Retail price listed in U.S. Dollars.
** Serial Number Range provides the first five characters of the serial number/date code listed on the product’s data plate.


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