Recall: Homelite Backpack Blowers
On 2009-11-12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Homelite Backpack Blowers due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2007 for about $90 to $140.
About 90,000 units are involved in this Homelite backpack blower recall. Instance(s) of injuries have been reported. 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 2009.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls,
involving about 4 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (800) 242-4672
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What is the problem?
The fuel tank can leak gasoline, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Instance(s) of injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves the Homelite Mighty Lite backpack blowers. The blowers are red and black. The following models are affected by this recall:
|Product Model||Manufacturing Date Codes Range|
|UT08580||ATK1820001 through ATK3659999|
|UT08580A||ATL1530001 through ATL3669999|
ATM0010001 through ATM1749999
The model number and manufacturing date code are printed on the blower's data label which is located on the red plastic housing above the choke knob and adjacent to the fuel tank. Products with a green "dot" on the outside of the package or the letters "CA" embossed on the fuel tank are not included in the recall.
These items were sold new+ at Home Depot stores and various retailers of refurbished products including Direct Tools Factory Outlets, CPO Homelite, Gardner, Tap Enterprises, Isla Supply and Heartland America stores nationwide from September 2007 through October 2009 for between $90 and $140.
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 stop using their backpack blowers immediately and contact Homelite for the closest dealer location to schedule a free fuel tank replacement.
For additional information, contact Homelite Consumer Products, Inc. at (800) 242-4672 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.homelite.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Homelite has received 18 reports of fuel tanks leaking gasoline including one report of minor skin irritation.
+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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