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Blog: Blower Vacs Recalled Sold At Walmart / Home Depot

photo courtesy: cpsc

photo courtesy: cpsc

By Jim Donovan: I’ve got two big recalls to tell you about that involve electric blower vacs. One was sold at Home Depot, the other at Walmart.

First up, Homelite is recalling 241,000 blower vacs. Objects that are drawn into the unit during vacuum mode can break through the plastic housing, posing a laceration hazard.

This recall involves Homelite electric blower vacuums with two different model and serial number ranges, including model UT42120 with serial numbers BMP3540001 through BMR2103100, and model UT42120A with serial numbers BMR2120001 through BMR3421250. Model and serial numbers are located on a label on the left side of the red motor housing. The blower vacuums are red and black. “Homelite BlowerVac 2 Speed Powerful 220 MPH” is printed on the side of the motor housing and on the black plastic blower tube.

The vacs were sold exclusively at Home Depot stores nationwide and online at http://www.homedepot.com from February 2012 through December 2012 for about $40.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled blower vacuums and contact Homelite for a free replacement blower vacuum.

For more information visit:

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Homelite-Recalls-Electric-Blower-Vacuums/

The second recall involves 131,000 Expert Gardener Electric Blower Vacuums sold by Walmart. This recall has been announced too because objects that are drawn into the unit during vacuum mode can break through the plastic housing, posing a laceration hazard.

Two different model and serial number ranges are involved, including model 20254EG with serial numbers BMP3010001 through BMR3311972, and model 20254EGC with serial numbers EUP3120001 through EUP3630730. Model and serial numbers are located on a label on the left side of the motor housing. The blower vacuums are green and black. “Expert Gardener” and “BlowerVac 2 Speed Quiet 150 MPH Powerful 220 MPH” are printed on the side of the green motor housing and on the black plastic blower tube.

The vacs were sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide and online at http://www.walmart.com from January 2012 through December 2012 for about $40.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled blower vacuums and contact OWT Industries Inc. for a free replacement blower vacuum.

Consumer Contact: OWT Industries Inc.; at (800) 597-9624 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.expertgardenertools.com and click on Safety Notices for more information.

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