Shindaiwa and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of about 87,000 Shindaiwa Backpack Blowers. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The backpack blower's muffler support bracket can break, creating an opening in the muffler body. Hot exhaust gases could then escape from the muffler and melt the fuel tank or ignite grease or debris around the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard. Shindaiwa received one report of fire, but there were no injuries reported.
The Shindaiwa gasoline-powered backpack blowers are red and black with a white fuel tank. Model numbers EB630 or EB630RT are printed on the body of the blowers along with Shindaiwa.
The blowers were sold by Shindaiwa dealers in the U.S. from July 1999 through February 2006 for about U.S. $545.
Consumers should stop using the backpack blowers immediately and contact Shindaiwa to schedule a free inspection and a free repair if necessary.
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