Recall: OWT Industries Expert Gardener Electric Blower Vacuums
On 2015-04-16, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding OWT Industries Expert Gardener Electric Blower Vacuums due to a potential fire and burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2012 for about $40.
About 200,000 units are involved in this OWT Industries electric blower recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This is the 2nd 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.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (800) 597-9624
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What is the problem?
The blower vacuum can overheat, spark and catch on fire posing fire and burn hazards.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves Expert Gardener 12 amp electric blower vacuums with model numbers 20254EG, 20254EGA, 20254EGB, 20254EGBC, 20254EGC and 21254EG. Model numbers are located on a label on the left side of the motor housing. The blower vacuums are green and black. "Expert Gardener" and "Blower Vac 2 Speed Quiet 150 MPH Powerful 220 MPH" are printed on the side of the green motor housing and on the black plastic blower tube.
These items were sold new+ at Walmart stores nationwide and online at www.walmart.com from January 2012 through March 2015 for about $40.
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 blower vacuums and return them to any Walmart store for a full refund.
OWT Industries at (800) 597-9624 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.expertgardenertools.com and click on Safety Notices for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
OWT has received 16 reports of blower vacuums sparking, arcing, smoking or burning. No injuries have 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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