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Emerson Tool Issues Safety Notice on Wet/Dry Vacuums
Dec 17, 2003
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Emerson Tool Company has issued a safety notice on its CRAFTSMAN 16 Gallon and RIDGID 12- and 16-gallon wet/dry vacuums and is working in voluntary cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding the announcement.

According to the company, 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.

The manufacturer has received 10 reports of children inserting their arms into the ports and receiving minor cuts and abrasions to their fingertips in the U.S. There have been no reported incidents in Canada.

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

Manufactured in the U.S. and Canada, the vacuums were sold Home Depot stores nationwide from July 1999 through July 2002 (RIGID). They were also sold at Sears Canada stores nationwide as well as in catalogue from October 1999 through December 2003 (CRAFTSMAN).

Consumers were advised to contact Emerson's toll-free number to request a free insert that can be installed inside the blower port to eliminate access to the hazard.

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