|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
April 11, 2000
Release # 00-096
John Deere Recall Line: (800) 242-4672 |
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Yolanda Fultz-Morris, (301) 504-7066
John Deere Contact: Ray J. Hornak, (919) 877-0877
CPSC, John Deere Consumer Products Inc. Announce Recall of Homelite®
Handheld Power Blowers/Vacuums
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC), John Deere Consumer Products Inc., of Charlotte,
N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 200,000 Homelite® handheld power
blowers/vacuums. The fuel line location can cause it to contact the edge
of the engine shroud, causing the line to prematurely wear. This can
result in a gasoline leak, presenting a fire hazard and causing burn
injuries to consumers.
John Deere Consumer Products has received two reports of the fuel line
leaking from these power blowers/vacuums. There have been no reports of
fires or injuries.
These gasoline-powered, handheld power blowers/vacuums are red and
black. The Homelite® logo is written on the inlet cover door. They can
be identified by the following UT and serial numbers on a sticker
attached to the unit near the blower tube:
|HT2130001 through HT3659999||HA0010001 through HA3659999|
|MA0010001 through MA3659999||MB0010001 through MB0459999|
Home center and hardware stores including the Home Depot, Eagle Hardware
and Ace Hardware, sold these blowers/vacuums nationwide from August 1998
through January 2000 for about $150.
Consumers should stop using these power blowers/vacuums immediately and
contact their nearest Homelite® service dealer for a free inspection
and repair. To locate the local service dealer or for more information,
call John Deere Consumer Products at (800) 242-4672 anytime.
Notice and Disclaimer: The information provided in these pages is preliminary and informational only. No liability is offered or assumed for inaccuracies in this information. Please check with the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission to confirm the completeness of all information provided.
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