|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2001
Release # 01-128
|Company Phone Number: (800) 433-5640
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Scott Wolfson or Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052 or 1189
Backpack Blowers Recalled by Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
PRODUCT: Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif., in cooperation with Star Garden Supply Inc., of Pico Rivera, Calif., and TMC Power Equipment Inc., of Monterey Park, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 ASTRON and TMC backpack blowers. ASTRON and TMC dealers nationwide sold the backpack blowers to lawn and garden companies from October 2000 through February 2001 for about $500. The recalled backpack blowers were manufactured under two different model names; though, each uses a TEX54D Kawasaki engine:
- The ASTRON KB-541, which was distributed by Star Garden Supply, model has a red fan case, with a white fuel tank and black frame. The words, "Astron Backpack Blower" and the model number are on a label on the gas tank and on a cap right above the tank.
- The TMC KTBL-5600XA, which was distributed by TMC Power Equipment, has a white fan case and fuel tank, with a black frame. The model name, "TMC," and the model number are on a label on the fuel tank, and the name "Kawasaki" is on a cap right above the tank.
The blower serial numbers can be found on the blower base of the ASTRON products, and on the fan case of TMC products. The engine serial numbers can be found at the bottom of the recoil starter:
|Product Model||Blower Serial No. Ranges||Engine Serial No. Ranges
||0950001 through 0950700
0X50001 through 0X50700
0Y50001 through 0Y50700
|TEX54D-AE80 159675 through 160384
TEX54D-AE80 160901 through 161600
TEX54D-AE80 162056 through 162755
||56010001 through 56011050
||TEX54D-AF70 161701 through 162050
TEX54D-BF70 172943 through 173642
PROBLEM: The engine exhaust can emit flames, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Kawasaki has received two reports of flames coming out of the engine exhaust. No injuries have been reported.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the backpack blowers immediately, and call their local ASTRON or TMC dealer for a free repair. For more information, call Kawasaki toll-free at (800) 433-5640 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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