Toro electric blowers recalled due to projectile hazard
- July 26, 2007 5:06 PM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
About 900,000 Toro Power Sweep Electric Blowers have been recalled due to the risk that they might hurl out bits of plastic, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says.
The U.S.-manufactured blower's impeller, a rotating component on the blower, can break, resulting in pieces of plastic flying out of the blower and posing a risk of serious injury.
The recall involves model 51586 that was manufactured between 2000 and 2002. The electric blowers have serial numbers that range between 000055100 and 220255609.
There are two decals on the main housing of the blower. One decal reads "TORO Power Sweep" and the decal on the opposite side of the blower contains the model number and serial number.
The recalled units can be identified by a black impeller fan, which can be seen through the air inlet screen on the bottom of the unit.
The blowers were sold at Toro dealers and various mass retailers across the U.S. including Home Depot, Lowes, Target and K-Mart stores from January 2000 through late December 2002 for about $32.
Toro has received 154 reports of broken impellers, including 21 reports of minor cuts and bruises resulting from projected impeller pieces.
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