November 16, 1988  
Release # 88-096

WASHINGTON, DC - Wagner Spray Tech Corporation of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily offering free replacement seals, labeling and instructions on certain power paint rollers to correct a potential lid ejection problem on units manufactured between May and November, 1984.

Used by do-it-yourself homeowners, the power paint roller consists of a pressure canister connected by hose to paint roller. The can of paint is placed inside the canister, the lid attached, and the paint is driven to the roller under pressure exerted by an electric powered compressor.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), the lid may be ejected from the canister with enough force to cause injury. There have been 41 reported incidents of the ejected lids causing facial and eye injuries.

Paint rollers involved in the repair program are dates coded E84 through L84 on the bottom of the unit, and were identified as model no. 0155001 on the packaging. Consumers should stop using power paint rollers within the above date codes, and call Wagner toll-free, 1-800-365-7650, or write Wagner Spray Tech Corporation, 1770 Fernbrook Lane Minneapolis, MN. 55447 for a free repair kit. The company will provide two replacement seal rings for the pressure canister, a warning label to be affixed to the lid, and new operating instructions.

The Wagner power paint rollers in question were sold nationwide by a variety or retailers, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. under the Craftsman power roller label within the same date codes.