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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Firm's Hotline: (866) 288-8143
January 13, 2005
Release # 05-084
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: Ridgid® 16-Gallon, Model WD16650 2-In-1 Blower Vac
Units: About 6,500
Manufacturer: Emerson Tool Co., of St. Louis, Mo.
Hazard: The air intake shield may be missing. Consumers can suffer lacerations if they come into contact with the intake blower wheel.
Incidents/Injuries: Emerson Tool Co. has received two reports of consumers who suffered lacerations to finger tips while using these vacuums.
Description: The Ridgid® 16-gallon 2-In-1 Blower Vac, Model WD16650, have light gray drums with orange lids, gray power heads, and black wheels. The recalled units have the model number and a serial number from 04104C through 04114C located on a label on the side of the power head. "Ridgid® 2 In 1 Blower Vac" is written on the front of the units.
Sold at: Home Depot stores and by RIDGE TOOL distributors nationwide from April 2004 through January 2005 for about $100.
Manufactured in: Canada
Remedy: If the air intake shield is missing, consumers should stop using their vacuum and contact the firm for a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: Consumers should call Emerson Tool Co. at (866) 288-8143 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.emersontoolcompany.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help 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 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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