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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company Phone Number: (866) 288-8143

December 16, 2003

 

Release # 04-053


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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: Wet/Dry Vacuums

Manufacturer: Emerson Tool Company, a division of Emerson Electric Co., of St. Louis, Mo.

Hazard: The exhaust blower ports on the wet/dry vacuums are large enough for a small child to reach inside and touch the spinning blower wheel. This poses a laceration hazard to small children.

Incidents/Injuries: Emerson Tool Company has received 10 reports of children inserting their arms into the ports and receiving minor cuts and abrasions to their fingertips.

Description: The recall involves Craftsman 16-gallon and RIDGID 12- and 16-gallon wet/dry vacuums. The vacuums are used to pick up wet and dry debris. Another feature of the vacuum is the blower, which provides additional cleaning functions.

Sold at: Home Depot stores and RIDGE Tool distributors nationwide from March 1999 through October 2002 and Sears Roebuck &. Co. stores nationwide from September 1998 through October 2002 for between $70 and $300.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should contact Emerson toll-free number to request a free insert. The insert is installed inside the blower port to eliminate the hazard.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should call Emerson Tool Company toll-free at (866) 288-8143 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.wetdryvacrecall.com.

Product DescriptionRetail Price*Model NumberSerial Number**
RIDGID 12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac $74.00 WD12450 01310-02193
RIDGID 16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac $94.00
$119.00
$119.00
$139.00
$139.00
WD16350
WD16600
WD16650
WD17350
WD17351
01309-02168
99168-02155
01311-02162
01313-02045
02043-02178
Craftsman 16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac $139.00
$139.00
$119.00
$293.00
$293.00
113.170250
113.170260
113.17033
113.292670C
113.295670C
02049-02210
98240-00236
02156-02219
99281C-00319C
00227C-02122C
* Retail price listed in U.S. Dollars.
** Serial Number Range provides the first five characters of the serial number/date code listed on the product's data plate.


Picture of Recalled Wet/Dry VacuumPicture of Recalled Wet/Dry Vacuum