The Craftsman Brand Recalls Blower/Vacs Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Dec 09, 2015, 10:30 ET from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/The-Craftsman-Brand-Recalls-Blower-Vacs

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Blower/Vac

Hazard: The blower/vac's motor can catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards.

Remedy: Refund

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled blower/vacs and contact the Craftsman brand hotline for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: 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.

Recall Details

Units: About 74,000

Description: 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.

Incidents/Injuries: Seven reports of the blower/vacs catching fire have been received. One injury has been reported.

Sold at: ACE Hardware, Orchard Supply Hardware, and Sears stores nationwide and online from January 2013 through October 2015 for between $50 and $100.

Importers: Ace Hardware Corporation, of Oak Brook, Ill; Orchard Supply Hardware, of San Jose, Calif.; and Sears, Roebuck & Co., of Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Manufactured in: China

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