Leaf blower recalled
- May 16, 2008 11:28 AM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
Consumers are being warned not to use a certain backpack blower because its fan can separate from its base, causing plastic pieces to blow out of the machine.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday the recall affects about 23,000 Shindaiwa backpack blowers made in Japan. The blowers were imported by Shindaiwa Corp. in Oregon.
The blowers, previously recalled due to a fire hazard, could injure bystanders and damage property.
Shindaiwa said it is aware of 13 incidents involving broken fans. One incident involved a minor head injury and minor property damage to a nearby automobile.
This recall involves Shindaiwa models EB8510 and EB8510RT. All models up to serial No. 7014728 are included. The machines were sold across the United States from September 2005 through January 2007 for about $600 US.
Consumers can contact Shindaiwa for the closest dealer location to schedule a free inspection and impeller replacement.
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