Recall: Maruyama U.S. Recalls Backpack Blowers and Mister Dusters Due to Fire Hazard


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2011
Release #11-175
Maruyama's Recall Hotline: (866) 783-7400
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

Maruyama U.S. Recalls Backpack Blowers and Mister Dusters Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Gasoline-Powered Backpack Blowers and Mister Dusters

Units: About 18,000 in the United States and 750 in Canada

Importer: Maruyama U.S. Inc., of Denton, Texas

Hazard: The gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Maruyama has received 25 reports of leaking tanks. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves gasoline-powered blowers and mister dusters sold under the Maruyama brand name. Model numbers are printed on the product's recoil starter. Backpack blowers and mister dusters included in this recall have a white, translucent fuel tank. Model and serial numbers included in the recall are:

Model Number Serial Number
BL5100CA 30821911 - 60922200
BL5100-SP 80924201 - 80924650
BL5100-HA 51021391 - 81021310
BL8200 50920961 - 80924200
BL8200-HA 70925031 - 90921910
BL8101 10921151 - 10922150
MD155DX-US 90922861 - 90924610
MD155DX-US O0920231 - O0920530
MD155DX-CA2 O0920531 - O0921130
MD159D 60822621 - 80821300

Sold by: Authorized service dealers nationwide from April 2008 through December 2010 for between $320 and $820.

Manufactured in: Japan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to the nearest dealer for a free replacement fuel tank.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Maruyama toll-free at (866) 783-7400 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.maruyama-us.com

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1298