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Old 05-15-2008, 05:26 PM
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Exclamation Shindaiwa Corp. Recalls Backpack Blowers Due to Laceration and Impact Hazards

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2008
Release #08-271

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 521-7733
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Shindaiwa Corp. Recalls Backpack Blowers Due to Laceration and Impact Hazards
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: Shindaiwa Backpack Blowers

Units: About 23,000

Importer: Shindaiwa Corp., of Tualatin, Ore

Manufacturer: Shindaiwa Kogyo Co. Ltd, of Hiroshima, Japan

Hazard: The blower's impeller (fan) can separate from the base and break apart, causing plastic pieces to be blown out of the machine, and pose a laceration and impact hazard to consumers. The flying pieces also can cause property damage and injury to bystanders. Note: These backpack blowers were previously recalled due to a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Shindaiwa is aware of 13 incidents involving broken impellers. One incident involved a minor head injury and minor property damage to a nearby automobile.

Description: This recall involves Shindaiwa Models EB8510 and EB8510RT. All models up to serial # 7014728 are included. The backpack blowers weigh approximately 24 pounds and include Serial Numbers through February 2007 production (S/N 702XXXX) which are located on the side label. These machines are black and blue with a red and black label that reads, "EB8510, Shindaiwa."

Sold by: Shindaiwa dealers nationwide from September 2005 through January 2007 for about $600.

Manufactured in: Japan

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the backpack blowers immediately and contact Shindaiwa for the closest dealer location to schedule a free inspection and impeller replacement. Consumers who have registered their equipment should have already received correspondence from Shindaiwa about this recall.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Shindaiwa at (800) 521-7733 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm?s Web site at www.shindaiwa.com





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To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
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Old 05-15-2008, 05:44 PM
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Thanks for the information. Always nice to be able to read about these things somewhere else before the manufacturer dealer website or the distributor even mentions anything about it.
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:48 PM
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It was just released today.
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:01 PM
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It was just released today.
To the public. But I'm sure Shindaiwa knew earlier that they would be releasing this PSA and should have already released information to their dealers on an expected resolution, so that instead of telling people that are calling because they saw it online somewhere that we know nothing about it, we could have useful information to pass along to them.
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