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EPI ID: 
67937
Hazard:
"The pressure washers and air compressors have pneumatic tires with plastic hubs that can burst, posing fracture and laceration hazards to consumers."
Remedy:
Recall date:
October 6, 2009
Units:
"About 620,000 pressure washers and 72,000 compressors previously recalled in December 2006"

Recall Details

Description:
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The recalled pressures washers and air compressors were sold under the following brands and model numbers:

 

 BrandModel NumbersManufacture Dates
Pressure washers Delta DTH2450, DTH2450-1, D2750H, D2400H-2, D2400H-3, D2700K-1, DTT2450 1/27/04 through 8/3/05
Excell XR2750-1, XR2600, XR2600-1, XR2600-2, XR2500-1 1/26/04 through 11/2/05
Porter-Cable PCV2250-2, PC2525SP-1, PCE1700-3, PCH2401-1, PCK3030SP-1, PCV2500, PCH2800C, PCE1700-2, PCH2425-2 6/4/04 through 10/24/05
Pressure-Wave PWH2500, PWH2500K 1/6/05 through 10/31/05
Water Driver WHAB2627-1 6/11/04-7/19/05
Air Compressors Porter-Cable

CFFR350B-1, C3151-1, C3551-1, PTA51 Service Kit

December 16, 2004 to May 5, 2006

 

The pressure washers’ brand, model number and manufacturing date are located on the name plate on the rear of the engine base. On the air compressors the brand, model number and manufacturing date are located on the front of the motor housing. Only pressure washers and compressors with pneumatic tires with plastic tire hubs are affected; pressure washers and compressors with solid tires or metal tire hubs are not affected.

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Remedy:

Consumers should stop using these products immediately and contact DeVilbiss to obtain the location of the nearest service center to receive a free replacement of the tires.

Incidents/Injuries:
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DeVilbiss has received more than 100 injury reports, including hand and finger fractures and lacerations and reports of minor property damage and damage to vehicles. The December 2006 recall announcement reported more than 26 reports of injuries.

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Sold At:

Both products were sold at home centers and hardware stores nationwide. Recalled pressure washers were sold from January 2004 through November 2005 for between $300 and $1,400. The recalled air compressors were sold between December 2004 and October 2006 for between $300 and $500.

Manufacturer(s):
DeVilbiss Air Power Company, of Jackson, Tenn.
Manufactured In:
United States
Recall number:
10-007
Name of product:
Homelite Surface Cleaner Attachments
Hazard:
The surface cleaner attachment's nozzle and spray bar can break and detach, striking and/or breaking the unit's plastic housing. The broken nozzle, spray bar and/or plastic housing can strike consumers, posing a laceration hazard.
Remedy:
Replace
Recall date:
July 21, 2011
Units:
About 40,000 in the United States and 1,200 in Canada
Consumer Contact:

For additional information, contact Homelite toll-free at (800) 867-9624 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET or visit the firm's website at www.homelite.com

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves drum-shaped surface cleaner attachments for pressure washers. The pressure washer attachments were sold in orange or red colors and have hexagonal brass-colored nozzles inside a 15-inch plastic drum holding the spray bar. They were sold with Homelite pressure washer models HL80833 and HL80835. They were sold separately as Powercare model AP31022A and EZ Clean model AEZ231022.

 
Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled surface cleaner attachments, and contact Homelite to receive a free replacement surface cleaner attachment.

Incidents/Injuries:

The firm has received nine reports of incidents involving the recalled surface cleaner attachments, including one laceration injury and three reports of minor property damage.

Sold Exclusively At:

Home Depot stores nationwide from February 2010 through June 2011 for about $70 when sold as an attachment and about $450 when sold with a pressure washer.

Manufacturer(s):
Homelite Consumer Products Inc., of Anderson, S.C.
Manufactured In:
China
Recall number:
11-281
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
November 1, 1984  
Release # 84-064
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fimco, Inc., of Sioux City, Iowa, today announced that it will voluntarily provide safety kits to modify the handles of its approximately 14,150 electric pressure washers purchased before January 1984. The affected washers, which pump water under high pressure to clean porches, houses, motor vehicles, outdoor power equipment or farm equipment, were sold nationally under the "Big Butch" trade name by various retailers and under the Sears brand name through Sears catalogs.

There have been no injuries or deaths involving the Fimco machines; however; the Commission is aware of 10 electrocutions associated with other electric pressure washers.

The washer does not present a hazard if operated according to instructions, according to Fimco. However, the metal handle or other exposed metal part could become electrically charged if the machine is not properly grounded and a fault occurs. Such fault could occur if an improper or faulty extension cord is used, if the connection between the power cord and an extension cord becomes wet or if a fault exists within the pressure washer's electrical system. Under these circumstances, a severe or fatal electric shock could result when the user touches the metal handle or other exposed metal part of the machine.

The safety kit being offered consists of four easy to install insulated bolts that replace existing bolts.

Consumers should call FIMCO toll-free at 800-831-0027 (in Iowa call 800-352-0016) to obtain the free kit and complete instructions. Consumers may also call the CPSC toll-free Hotline for information or assistance at 800-638-CPSC. The Commission's teletypewriter number for the hearing-impaired is (301) 595-7054.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
Release # 84-045  
 

 

Washington, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Britt Tech Corporation, Britt, Iowa, and its private labelers, today announced a voluntary program to provide safety kits to modify the handles of approximately 136,000 consumer and farm-use electric pressure washers made prior to mid-1983. The Commission and the company are aware of 6 deaths from electric shock related to use of pressure washers manufactured by Britt Tech.

Under this program, Britt Tech and its private labelers will provide free material designed to isolate electrically the pressure washer's handle in order to prevent serious electric shock to consumers. Pressure washers are used to clean houses and other buildings and prepare them for painting and to clean shutters, patios, driveways and vehicles. They are frequently used on farms to clean buildings and machinery. Britt Tech and some private labelers will also voluntarily extend the scope of this program to cover commercial series units produced prior to February, 1984.

While the firm believes its pressure washers do not present a hazard if operated in accordance with the operator's instructions and warnings on the machines and are not modified in any way, a severe or fatal electric shock can occur when a user contacts the handle of the pressure washer if the machine is ungrounded and a second fault occurs. This could happen if the power cord to extension cord connections become wet, or an improper or faulty extension cord is used, or a fault exists within the pressure washer electrical system.

Britt Tech distributed these pressure washers nationally under the "Liquid Brush" trade name and a number of private label trade names (see list below).

To obtain the free safety component kit and complete instructions, Iowa residents and others may write to Britt Tech Corporation, Department R, P.O. Box 216, Britt Iowa 50423. No phone number for the company is currently available. Use the address above for the following trade name pressure washers:

Amity
Atlas
Chardon Lab's Power Edge
Continental Oil's Dynalife
Craft Toot and Machine
Earl Grissmer's Blue Lustre Dirt Buster
Gulf's Cruisemaster
Jacobsen
Kleen King
Liquid Brush
Mid-State's Dura-Wash
Phillips Petroleun
Speed Spray
U.S. Chemical Z-4 Cleanomat

Four companies who sell Britt Tech pressure washers have designated the following procedures if you have a machine manufactured under their name:

Ford Tractor See Local Ford Tractor Dealer
John Deere See local John Deere Dealer
Massey Ferguson See local Massey Fergusan Dealer
White Farm See local White Farm Dealer

Please give the company the model and trade name and serial number of your pressure washer. This information may be found on a metal or foil serial number tag on your machine.

This risk of electric shock may also exist with electric pressure washers produced by other manufacturers. Therefore, the Commission and Britt Tech Corporation warn consumers to take the following precautions when using any electric pressure washer:

- Always use a properly grounded receptacle. If possible, use a circuit protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter.

- Carefully follow all other warnings and operating instructions provided by the manufacturer.

- Keep all cord connections dry.

- Never remove the ground pin from a power cord or bypass a ground pin by using an adopter plug.

- Never cut or splice the electrical cord.

Consumers may also call CPSC's toll-free Hotline for assistance at the following number 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing-impaired is (301) 595-7054.

May 8, 2008
Alert #08-569
 

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Master Craft® Pressure Washers

Units: About 1,900

Importer: Fingerhut Direct Marketing, of Eden Prairie, Minn.

Hazard: The motor on the pressure washer can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Fingerhut has received four reports of smoke coming from the unit, including one report of fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Master Craft® pressure washers with model number ABW-3100G. The model number is located on a label under the handle. The pressure washer has a yellow housing and the name, Master Craft® printed on the side.

Sold exclusively through: Fingerhut catalogs and Fingerhut.com from July 2007 through March 2008 for about $100.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the pressure washers immediately, unplug them and return the pressure washer to Fingerhut for a refund or replacement product. A pre-paid shipping label will be provided to consumers. Fingerhut is directly contacting purchasers of the pressure washers.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Fingerhut Direct Marketing at (866) 931-5417 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.fingerhut.com

Picture of Recalled Pressure Washer

Note: This recall has been reannounced.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2006
Release #07-060

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866)-323-9867
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Pressure Washers and Air Compressors Recalled By DeVilbiss Due to Fracture and Laceration Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 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: DeVilbiss Air Power Company Pressure Washers and Air Compressors with pneumatic tires and plastic hubs.

Units: About 620,000 pressure washers and 72,000 air compressors

Manufacturer: DeVilbiss Air Power Company, of Jackson, Tenn.

Hazard: The pressure washers and air compressors have pneumatic tires with plastic hubs that can burst, posing a laceration or fracture hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: DeVilbiss has received 26 reports of injuries including fractures, lacerations and bruises.

Description: The recalled pressure washers and air compressors were sold under the following brands and model numbers:

 BrandModel NumbersManufacture Dates
Pressure washers Delta DTH2450, DTH2450-1, D2750H, D2400H-2, D2400H-3, D2700K-1, DTT2450 1/27/04 through 8/3/05
Excell XR2750-1, XR2600, XR2600-1, XR2600-2, XR2500-1 1/26/04 through 11/2/05
Porter-Cable PCV2250-2, PC2525SP-1, PCE1700-3, PCH2401-1, PCK3030SP-1, PCV2500, PCH2800C, PCE1700-2, PCH2425-2 6/4/04 through 10/24/05
Pressure-Wave PWH2500, PWH2500K 1/6/05 through 10/31/05
Water Driver WHAB2627-1 6/11/04-7/19/05
Air Compressors Porter-Cable

CFFR350B-1, C3151-1, C3551-1, PTA51 Service Kit

December 16, 2004 to May 5, 2006

On the pressure washers, the brand, model number and manufacturing date are located on the name plate on the rear of the engine base and on the air compressors they are located on the front of the motor housing. Only pressure washers and compressors with pneumatic tires with plastic tire hubs are affected; pressure washers and compressors with solid tires or metal tire hubs are not affected.

Sold at: The recalled pressure washers were sold at home center and hardware stores nationwide from January 2004 through November 2005 for between $300 and $1,400. The recalled air compressors were sold at home center and hardware stores nationwide between December 2004 and October 2006 for between $300 and $500.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these products immediately and contact DeVilbiss to obtain the location of the nearest service center to receive a free replacement of the tires.

Customer Contact: For additional information, contact DeVilbiss toll-free at (866) 323-9867 between 8 a.m. and 5p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.devap.com

Picture of Recalled Pressure Washer

Picture of Recalled Air Compressor

Note: Change in responding company, number of incidents.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tricam Recall Number: 800-867-6763 

November 15, 2004

 

Release # 05-045


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: BLACK CAT® Electric Pressure Washer

Units: About 30,500

Manufacturer: Shanghai MeiHao Electric Co. Ltd., of Shanghai, China

U.S. Distributor: RMM Corporation, Eden Prairie, Minn. (since August 15, 2009, calls are being taken by Tricam Industries, Inc., of Eden Prairie, Minnesota)

Hazard: The electric motor in the pressure washer can overheat and melt the housing, possibly igniting nearby flammable materials or exposing live electrical parts.

Incidents/Injuries: RMM and CPSC are aware of fewer than 20 incidents of pressure washers overheating, including one report of damage to a wooden deck. Many of these incidents occurred when the pressure washer was left running and unattended. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled pressure washers have a black plastic housing and a BLACK CAT® logo on both sides of the unit. "MCM International," "Model TW1800" or "Model BC2200" appear on a silver label on the recalled units.

Sold at: Target and Menard's stores sold the recalled pressure washers between March 2002 and September 2002 for about $145.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled electric pressure washers immediately and contact Tricam to arrange for a refund or free replacement.

Consumer Contact: Call Tricam Industries at (800) 867-6763 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Picture of Recalled Electric Pressure Washer

Note: Phone Number Change.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

July 15, 2004

 

Release # 04-565


The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Turbo Tiger Power Washer

Units: 1,000

Importer: Tristar Products Inc., of Fairfield, N.J.

Manufacturer: Zhejiang Anlu Cleaning Machinery Co. Ltd., of China

Hazard: These electric pressure washers do not have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) on the power cord, which poses a serious electrocution hazard if the unit comes into contact with water.

Incidents/Injuries: None

Description: The recalled electric pressure washers are yellow with a black three-prong power cord. A label on the front reads "Turbo Tiger Power Washer."

Sold by: Tristar Products Inc. through direct-response television commercials shown nationwide, as well as on Tristar's Web site www.tvinventions.com. They were sold between June 2002 and June 2003 for about $190, including shipping and handling. Turbo Tiger units sold through The Home Shopping Network or other sources that already have a GFCI at the end of the power cord are not included in this recall.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the electric pressure washers immediately. Tristar will send consumers a portable GFCI that can be attached to the end of the power cord, which will provide consumers with shock protection. If you purchased your pressure washer from a pre- recorded television commercial or www.tvinventions.com and you have not received the portable GFCI, please contact Tristar to receive a GFCI.

Consumer Contact: Call Tristar customer service at 973-287-5100 between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday. Consumers can also e-mail the firm at help@productsontv.tv

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December 10, 2003
Alert #04-521
 

The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Strategy 1500 PSI Mobile Pressure Washer

Units: 38,000

Manufacturer: Shanghai Mei Hao Electric Appliance Co. Ltd., Shanghai, China

Importer: SK Enterprises, Inc., Newburgh, New York

Hazard: Overheating, posing a potential for fire and personal injury.

Incidents/Injuries: QVC received 15 reports of overheating. No injuries or property damage have occurred.

Description: These blue and gray electric pressure washers are labeled "Strategy 1500 PSI Powerwasher" and were sold as QVC item number V16257.

Sold At: Directly through QVC, Inc. to consumers via Internet and television.

Remedy: QVC is contacting each purchaser by direct mail to arrange for the return of each pressure washer for a full credit or refund.

Consumer Contact: Call QVC Customer Service at (800) 367-9444 or visit their Web site www.qvc.com.

Media Contact: Brandon Hamm, (484) 701-8748

picture of recalled pressure washer

Note: Remedy is no longer available.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pressure Washer Recall Hotline: (800) 304-1316 

January 23, 2002

 

Release # 02-086


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MCM International of Eden Prairie, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 50,000 Black Cat™ electric pressure washers. MCM International imported the pressure washers from a manufacturer in China who installed counterfeit ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plugs on some of the units, without MCM's approval. All of the plugs are labeled "WELLONG"; however, the pressure washers with counterfeit "WELLONG" GFCI plugs appear virtually identical to those with genuine "WELLONG" GFCIs. It will require a professional inspection to identify the counterfeit GFCIs. GFCIs are important safety devices that are intended to protect consumers against shock or electrocution.

CPSC and MCM International have not received any reports of incidents in which the GFCI plugs failed to operate. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The recalled Black Cat™ pressure washers have a sticker with a cat and the words "Black-Cat" on each side of the unit. The model numbers - either BC-2000 or TW-1750 - can be found on a label on the right side of the power station. The label also reads in part, "Made in China," "High Pressure Cleaning Machines," and the "Production Date" (which should fall between March 2001 and July 2001). The GFCI plugs have a green "Reset" button and a blue "Test" button - some plugs also have a label that reads "CONNECT TO INDIVIDUAL BRANCH CIRCUIT ONLY." On the back of the GFCI plug near the electrical prongs are the words "WELLONG" and "Rainproof."

Target and Menard's stores nationwide sold these pressure washers from August 2001 to September 2001 for between $85 and $100.

Consumers should stop using these pressure washers and discard the product. A remedy is no longer available.

CPSC reminds consumers that any electrical product that is used near water should contain a GFCI, in the plug or outlet. Prior to the implementation of the voluntary standard calling for the inclusion of GFCI plugs with high-pressure cleaning machines, there were several electrocution deaths and injuries. These incidents did not involve the Black Cat pressure washer.

Picture of Recalled Pressure Washer

Closeup of Label on Pressure WasherCloseup of Label on GFCI Plug