CPSC and Homelite Consumer Products Inc. Announce Recall of Leaf Blowers for Laceration Hazard

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and Homelite Consumer Products Inc., of Anderson, South Carolina, have announced the voluntary recall of some 1,550 Homelite Vac Attack II Blowers because they are missing the doors covering the vacuum inlet. This exposes the blower’s fan blade, posing a risk of finger laceration to the user.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.
The products were manufactured in China and sold at Home Depot stores nationwide from September 2005 through November 2005 for about $99.

The recalled blower is used outside to blow, vacuum or mulch leaves. “Homelite” is printed on the top of the blower. The blower is red with a black nozzle, and weighs about 10 lbs. Model number UT08542 or UT08542A is printed on the operator’s manual.

Only blowers missing the black cover over the fan are included in the recall. “Homelite” and “Vac Attack II” are written on the fan cover. A bag connects to the blower to collect the leaves or mulch.

Consumers should stop using these blowers immediately and return them to a Home Depot store for a new blower or a full refund.
For more information, consumers can contact Homelite toll-free at (800) 242-4672 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.homelite.com

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