On 2015-12-09, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Blower/Vac due to a potential fire and burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2013 for about $50 to $100.
About 70,000 units are involved in this Ace Hardware blower recall. Instance(s) of injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This is the 5th recall of products in the Blowers & Yard Vacs category in 2015.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls,
involving about 4 million product units.
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What is the problem?
The blower/vac's motor can catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards.
Instance(s) of injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves two models of Craftsman 12 amp electric blower/vacs. The blower/vacs have a red motor housing and a black blower tube and restrictor nozzle, and measure 12 inches high by 34 inches long. Blower/vacs with model number 138.74898 or 138.74899 are being recalled. Model 138.74898 has a variable speed switch and a serial number between SES0100001 and SES1951280. Model 138.74899 has a two-speed switch and a serial number between SER3561101 and SES2141280. The model number, serial number, "Craftsman" and "AC BLOWER / VAC" are printed on the side of the motor housing.
These items were sold new+ at ACE Hardware, Orchard Supply Hardware, and Sears stores nationwide and online from January 2013 through October 2015 for between $50 and $100.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled blower/vacs and contact the Craftsman brand hotline for a full refund.
The Craftsman brand hotline toll-free at 888-266-7096 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturday, or online at www.craftsman.com and click on Product Recalls for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Seven reports of the blower/vacs catching fire have been received. One injury has been reported.
+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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