Black & Decker Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling about 272,000 Black & Decker BV4000 Type 1 Blower/Vacs. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately. Black & Decker is offering a free repair kit. A loose connection between the blower/vac and an extension cord can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard. Black & Decker has received 187 reports of smoking, melting and/or fire near the blower/vac’s plug, including one report of a fire extending beyond the unit. Black & Decker has received seven reports of minor burns, none of which required medical treatment. The blower/vacs were sold at home center, hardware and discount stores nationwide from April 2004 through July 2005 for about U.S. $70.
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