Note: Company phone number change.


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

Picture of Recalled Wet/Dry Vac