April 25, 2006

RedMax Backpack Blowers Recalled 

Name of Product: RedMax Gas-Powered Backpack Blowers

Units: About 170,000

Importer: Komatsu Zenoah America, doing business as RedMax, of Norcross, Ga.

Hazard: The muffler support bracket can break, creating an opening in the muffler body. Hot exhaust gases can then escape from the muffler and could melt the fuel tank or ignite grease, oil or debris around the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard.

Description: The RedMax gasoline-powered backpack blowers are red and black with a white fuel tank. Model numbers EB6200, EB7000, EB7001, and EB7001RH can be found on the body of the blowers along with “RedMax,” “Zenoah,” and “Komatsu.”

Sold by: RedMax dealers nationwide from December 1996 through December 2005 for about $530

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the backpack blowers immediately and contact RedMax for a dealer location nearest to them to schedule a free inspection and a free repair if necessary. Consumers who have registered their equipment will receive direct notification about this recall from RedMax.

Consumer Contact: For additional information consumers can contact RedMax at (866) 217-4152, anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.redmax.com