Homelite Electric Blower/Vacuum

Starting date:
February 21, 2013
Posting date:
February 21, 2013
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-23165

Joint Recall with Homelite Consumer Products, Inc., Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC)

Affected products

Homelite Electric Blower/Vacuum Model UT42120

Product description

This recall involves the 12 Amp Homelite Electric Blower/Vacuum identified by model number UT42120, UPC number 046396552105 and serial numbers BMP3540001 through BMR2103100.

The blower/vacuum is red and black in colour and operates at two speeds. The name “Homelite” is located on the engine motor compartment and on the removable blower tube.

Hazard identified

In limited circumstances, some objects ingested during the vacuum mode can break through the plastic blower housing posing a potential laceration hazard to the operator.

Homelite has received one reported incident in the United States of an object damaging the blower housing.  There have been no reports of incidents in Canada.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of this electric blower.

Number sold

Approximately 13,648 units of the recalled blowers/vacuums were sold at Home Depot stores in Canada.

Approximately 241,000 units of the recalled blowers/vacuums were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled blowers/vacuums were sold from February 2012 to December 2012 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China

Companies

Manufacturer
Changzhou Globe Tool Group Co. Ltd.
CHINA
Importer
Homelite Consumer Products Inc.
Anderson
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the blower/vacuum and contact Homelite customer service to obtain a free replacement blower/vacuum incorporating a new blower housing design.

For more information, consumers can contact Homelite by telephone at 1-800-597-9624 or visit the firm’s website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission’s website.