January 25, 2006

Leaf Blowers Sold at Home Depot Recalled for Laceration Hazard

Name of Product: Homelite Vac Attack II Blower

Units: About 1,550

Importer: Homelite Consumer Products Inc., of Anderson, S.C.

Hazard: The blowers are missing the doors covering the vacuum inlet. This exposes the blower’s fan blade, posing a risk of finger laceration to the user.

Description: The recalled blower is used outside to blow, vacuum or mulch leaves. “Homelite” is printed on the top of the blower. The blower is red with a black nozzle, and weighs about 10 lbs. Model number UT08542 or UT08542A is printed on the operator’s manual. Only blowers missing the black cover over the fan are included in the recall. “Homelite” and “Vac Attack II” are written on the fan cover. A bag connects to the blower to collect the leaves or mulch.

Sold at: Home Depot stores nationwide from September 2005 through November 2005 for about $99.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these blowers immediately and return them to a Home Depot store for a new blower or a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Contact Homelite toll-free at (800) 242-4672 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at http://www.homelite.com/recall/blower_recall.html