Gas Powered Backpack Blowers Recalled For Fire Hazard

About 16,000 gas powered backpack blowers have been recalled for fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The recalled Gas Powered Backpack Blowers were manufactured in the United States by ECHO Inc., of Lake Zurich, Illinois and were sold at the Home Depot and authorized ECHO dealers from August 2011 through January 2012 for about $270.

The fuel line between the fuel tank and carburetor could have been damaged during assembly leading to fuel leakage, which poses a fire hazard. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves two models of the ECHO 2-cycle gas powered backpack blowers. The 25.4 cc blowers are orange and black in color and the word “ECHO” is printed on the pull starter housing and blower tube. Model numbers can be found on a label near the pull starter handle. Serial numbers are located on a label near the gas filler cap. Models and corresponding serial numbers included in this recall are Model PB-265L; Serial Numbers P093121 35519 through P093121 50152 and Model PB-265L; Serial Numbers P078110 20732 through P078110 22309.

The firm advises consumers to immediately stop using the backpack blowers and return them to an authorized ECHO servicing dealer for a free repair. ECHO can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.432.3246 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Central Time (CT), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.echo-usa.com.

Last year, we wrote that the CPSC and Health Canada (HC) announced two product recalls for backpack blowers, also over fire hazard.

About 18,000 Maruyama U.S. Gasoline-Powered Backpack Blowers and Mister Dusters
 were recalled in the U.S.; 750 were recalled in Canada because the gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard to consumers. At the time of the recall, Maruyama received 25 reports of leaking tanks. No injuries were reported.

Also, about 3,400 Gasoline-Powered Kawasaki Motor Backpack Blowers
 were recalled in the U.S.; 100 additional units were recalled in Canada. In that case, the gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard to consumers. At the time of the recall, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

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