Friday, May 16, 2008

Shindaiwa Corp. Recalls Backpack Blowers Due to Laceration and Impact Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named
below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise
instructed.

Name of Product: Shindaiwa Backpack Blowers

Units: About 23,000

Importer: Shindaiwa Corp., of Tualatin, Ore

Manufacturer: Shindaiwa Kogyo Co. Ltd, of Hiroshima, Japan

Hazard: The blower's impeller (fan) can separate from the base and break apart,
causing plastic pieces to be blown out of the machine, and pose a laceration and
impact hazard to consumers. The flying pieces also can cause property damage and
injury to bystanders. Note: These backpack blowers were previously recalled due to
a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Shindaiwa is aware of 13 incidents involving broken impellers.
One incident involved a minor head injury and minor property damage to a nearby
automobile.

Description: This recall involves Shindaiwa Models EB8510 and EB8510RT. All models
up to serial # 7014728 are included. The backpack blowers weigh approximately 24
pounds and include Serial Numbers through February 2007 production (S/N 702XXXX)
which are located on the side label. These machines are black and blue with a red
and black label that reads, "EB8510, Shindaiwa."

Sold by: Shindaiwa dealers nationwide from September 2005 through January 2007 for
about $600.

Manufactured in: Japan

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the backpack blowers immediately and contact
Shindaiwa for the closest dealer location to schedule a free inspection and impeller
replacement. Consumers who have registered their equipment should have already
received correspondence from Shindaiwa about this recall.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Shindaiwa at (800) 521-7733
between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web
site at www.shindaiwa.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product,
please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08271.html

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