|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued March 17, 2011
Revised May 20, 2011
|Maruyama's Recall Hotline: (866) 783-7400
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983
Note: Change in description and chart.
Maruyama U.S. Recalls Backpack Blowers and Mister Dusters Due to Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Gasoline-Powered Backpack Blowers and Mister Dusters
Units: About 18,000 in the United States and 750 in Canada
Importer: Maruyama U.S. Inc., of Denton, Texas
Hazard: The gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Maruyama has received 25 reports of leaking tanks. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves gasoline-powered blowers and mister dusters sold under the Maruyama brand name. Backpack blowers and mister dusters included in this recall have a white, translucent fuel tank. Printed on the recoil starter is an alphanumeric code. Serial numbers are located on a sticker attached to the back pad of the blower and mister duster. The blowers also have the serial number printed on the outlet of the fan case. The following codes and serial numbers are included in the recall:
|Alphanumeric Code||Serial Number
||30821911 - 60922200
|80924201 - 80924650
|51021391 - 81021310
||10921151 - 10922150
||50920961 - 80924200
|70925031 - 90921910
||90922861 - 90924610
|O0920231 - O0920530
|O0920531 - O0921130
||60822621 - 80821300
Sold by: Authorized service dealers nationwide from April 2008 through December 2010 for between $320 and $820.
Manufactured in: Japan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to the nearest dealer for a free replacement fuel tank.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Maruyama toll-free at (866) 783-7400 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.maruyama-us.com
Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1298
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 decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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