Recall: BLACK+DECKER(TM) BLACK+DECKER Electric Blower/vacuum/mulchers
On 2016-09-13, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding BLACK+DECKER(TM) BLACK+DECKER Electric Blower/vacuum/mulchers due to a potential laceration hazard. This product sold new beginning in May 2013 for about $70 to $90.
About 600,000 units are involved in this BLACK+DECKER (U.S.) electric blower recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Blowers & Yard Vacs category in 2016.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls,
involving about 4 million product units.
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What is the problem?
The fan cover can unlatch unexpectedly, posing a laceration hazard.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves BLACK+DECKER 3-in-1 electric blower/vacuum/mulchers with model numbers BV5600, BV6000 and BV6600. The model number and "Type 1" are printed on the name plate on the right side of the motor housing. Only "Type 1" blower/vacuum/mulchers are included in this recall. They are orange with black accents, a black fan cover and a two-speed switch. They were sold with a blower tube, a vacuum tube and a reusable collection bag. Model BV6600 also has a rake attachment.
This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2016/60126r-eng.php
These items were sold new+ at Lowes and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and other websites from May 2013 through September 2016 for between $70 and $90.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact BLACK+DECKER for a free repair kit, which includes a replacement fan cover.
BLACK+DECKER toll-free at 866-937-9805 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.blackanddecker.com and click on Safety Recalls for more information. Consumers can also email the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
BLACK+DECKER has received four reports of the fan covers unexpectedly coming off and consumers receiving finger lacerations from contact with the fan.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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