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Homelite Recalls Electric Blower Vacuums Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Home Depot

   Homelite Recalls Electric Blower Vacuums Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold
                          Exclusively at Home Depot

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Consumers should stop
using this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise
instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer
product.

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Recall Summary

Name of product: Homelite Electric Blower Vacuums
Hazard: Objects that are drawn into the unit during vacuum mode can break
through the plastic housing, posing a laceration hazard.

Remedy: Replace
Consumer Contact: Homelite Consumer Products; at (800) 597-9624 from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.homelite.com and click on
Safety Notices for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 241,000 in the United States and 13,600 in Canada

Description: This recall involves Homelite electric blower vacuums with two
different model and serial number ranges, including model UT42120 with serial
numbers BMP3540001 through BMR2103100, and model UT42120A with serial numbers
BMR2120001 through BMR3421250. Model and serial numbers are located on a label
on the left side of the red motor housing. The blower vacuums are red and
black. "Homelite BlowerVac 2 Speed Powerful 220 MPH" is printed on the side of
the motor housing and on the black plastic blower tube.

Incidents/Injuries: Homelite received  one report of an incident with the
recalled blower vacuums. No injuries have been reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled blower vacuums
and contact Homelite for a free replacement blower vacuum.
Sold exclusively at: Home Depot stores nationwide and online at
www.homedepot.com from February 2012 through December 2012 for about $40.
Importer: Homelite Consumer Products Inc., of Anderson, S.C.

Manufacturer: Changzhou Globe Tools Co. Ltd., of China
Manufactured in: China

Photos available at
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Homelite-Recalls-Electric-Blower-Vacuums

Note:Health Canada's press release is available
athttp://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/23165r-eng.php

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in
receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this
product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please
tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury
or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under
the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer
product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is
committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire,
electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of
consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and
household chemicals – contributed to a significant decline in the rate of
deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a
publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall
ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to
www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or
teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can
obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter
@OnSafety or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe
products.

Media Contact
Please use the phone numbers below for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800

SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Website: http://www.cpsc.gov
 
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