Two Firms Recall Backpack Blowers For Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) have announced two product recalls for <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">backpack blowers over fire hazard. In both cases, the agencies are advising consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately and note that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Maruyama U.S. Gasoline-Powered Backpack Blowers and Mister Dusters

About 18,000 backpacks, which were manufactured in Japan, were recalled in the U.S.; 750 were recalled in Canada by Maruyama U.S. Inc., of Denton, Texas. The gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard to consumers. To date, Maruyama has received 25 reports of leaking tanks. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves gasoline-powered blowers and mister dusters sold under the Maruyama brand. Model numbers are printed on the product’s recoil starter. Backpack blowers and mister dusters included in this recall have a white, translucent fuel tank. The defective backpack blowers and mister dusters were sold by authorized service dealers nationwide from April 2008 through December 2010 for between $320 and $820. Model and serial numbers included in the recall are:

• BL5100CA: 30821911 – 60922200
• BL5100-SP: 80924201 – 80924650
• BL5100-HA: 51021391 – 81021310
• BL8200: 50920961 – 80924200
• BL8200-HA: 70925031 – 90921910
• BL8101: 10921151 – 10922150
• MD155DX-US: 90922861 – 90924610
• MD155DX-US: O0920231 – O0920530
• MD155DX-CA2: O0920531 – O0921130
• MD159D: 60822621 – 80821300

The agencies are advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to the nearest dealer for a free replacement fuel tank. Maruyama can be reached, toll-free, at 1.866.783.7400 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Central Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s website at www.maruyama-us.com

Kawasaki Motor Backpack Blowers
About 3,400 Gasoline-Powered Backpack Blowers were recalled in the U.S.; 100 were recalled in Canada. The defective blowers were manufactured in Japan and imported by Kawasaki Motor Corp. U.S. A., of Irvine, California. The gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard to consumers. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves gasoline-powered blowers sold under the Kawasaki brand. Model and serial numbers are printed on the product’s blower housing. Backpack blowers involved have a white, translucent fuel tank and were sold by authorized service dealers nationwide from August 2008 through February 2011 for between $420 and $490.

The following model blowers are included in this recall:

• Model: KRB750A-A4; serial numbers: 12907, 12955, 12980, 12985, 12996, 13051, 13054, 13063, 13103, 13113, 13116, 13117, 13119, 13120, 13121, 13124, 13130, 13131, 13132, 13133, 13134, 13135, 13137, 13138, 13140, 13141, 13142, 13145, 13147, 13152, 13159, 13192, 13193, 13246, 13247, 13248.
• Model KRB750B-A3, KRB750B-A4, KRB750B-A5, KRB750B-B1 (Canada Only); serial numbers: 10380 to 11339, 11628 to 12107, 12156 to 12635, 13380 to 13529, 13536 to 13543, 13548 to 13859, 14077 to 14388, 14390, 14398 to 14400, 14411 to 14556

The agencies advise consumers to immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to the nearest dealer for a free replacement fuel tank. Kawasaki Motor can be reached, toll-free, at 1.877.364.6404 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday; at the firm’s website at www.kawpowr.com; or in writing to Kawasaki Motor Corp. U.S.A., Consumer Service Department, 5080 36th St. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 49546.

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