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Unread 11-12-2009, 06:22 PM
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Exclamation Backpack Blowers Recalled by Homelite Due to Fire Hazard

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Washington, DC 20207


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2009
Release # 10-037 Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 242-4672
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


Backpack Blowers Recalled by Homelite Due to Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Homelite Backpack Blowers

Units: About 85,000

Distributor: Homelite Consumer Products Inc., of Anderson, S.C.

Hazard: The fuel tank can leak gasoline, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Homelite has received 18 reports of fuel tanks leaking gasoline including one report of minor skin irritation.

Description: This recall involves the Homelite Mighty Lite backpack blowers. The blowers are red and black. The following models are affected by this recall:

Product Model Manufacturing Date Codes Range
UT08580 ATK1820001 through ATK3659999
UT08580A ATL1530001 through ATL3669999
ATM0010001 through ATM1749999

The model number and manufacturing date code are printed on the blower?s data label which is located on the red plastic housing above the choke knob and adjacent to the fuel tank. Products with a green ?dot? on the outside of the package or the letters ?CA? embossed on the fuel tank are not included in the recall.

Sold at: Home Depot stores and various retailers of refurbished products including Direct Tools Factory Outlets, CPO Homelite, Gardner, Tap Enterprises, Isla Supply and Heartland America stores nationwide from September 2007 through October 2009 for between $90 and $140.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using their backpack blowers immediately and contact Homelite for the closest dealer location to schedule a free fuel tank replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Homelite Consumer Products, Inc. at (800) 242-4672 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.homelite.com



CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
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Unread 11-14-2009, 10:33 PM
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This isn't a defect it is a handy feature for a disposable product. Use once, it self ignites and burns up saving the consumer a trip to the landfill to dispose of it.

Years ago we used to be a Homelite service center when they were owned by John Deere. Pretty much every year we would get a service bulletin about back pack blowers catching fire. Good to see the Chinese have carried on the tradition.
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Unread 11-15-2009, 12:48 PM
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Already had a few of these to repair. One thing about TTI, they will warranty about anything within the warranty period, no questions asked. Had them pay me almost $300.00 for repair of a $129.00 sale price saw. Makes no sense, but their checks cash just like everyone else's and there's boatloads (no pun intended) of their product out there.
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Unread 12-01-2009, 11:53 AM
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Just had one of these units come in. Guess what? Fuel tanks are on backorder!
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Unread 12-01-2009, 12:18 PM
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I have an electric chain saw under warranty that Homelite is going to pay me more to fix it than if I replaced it. I gave the customer a choice, for a small fee I would give him a new saw. He didn't like the choice, the motors been on B/O almost a month. Glad I didn't sell him the saw.
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