Yard and Computer Products Recalled Recently

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), has recently announced two recalls that, collectively, may affect millions of consumers. These recalls include both STIHL yard power products and computer batteries which may pose fire hazards. The USCPSC would like to remind consumers that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled item.

STIHL Recalls Yard Power Products
Gas powered trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap are included in the recall. STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is recalling about 2.3 million of the aforementioned products because the level of ethanol or other fuel additive can distort the toolless fuel cap, allowing fuel to spill. This can cause a potential fire and burn hazard. The company has received 81 reports of difficulty installing and/or removing the fuel caps and fuel spillage. No injuries have been reported.

The items listed in the recall have been sold at authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from July 2002 through May 2011 for between $190 and $650. Consumers should stop using the products immediately and should return them to the dealer for a free repair.

For more information, contact STIHL at 800-233-4792 between 8 AM and 8 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website. Consumers may also find additional images on the website. For a complete list of products and model and serial numbers included, or to see this recall on the USCPSC website, click here.

HP Expands Recall of Notebook Computer Batteries
The computer company, Hewlett-Packard Company of Palo Alto California, has recalled about 162,600 additional batteries due to the risk of overheating and rupturing, causing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. 54,000 and 70,000 batteries were previously recalled, in May 2010 and May 2009, respectively, due to this hazard.

Since the May 2010 recall expansion, HP has received an additional 40 reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured. Of these reports, seven included burn injuries, one included smoke inhalation and 36 included property damage. The lithium-ion batteries are used with various models of the HP and Compaq notebook computers. The computer model number can be found at the top of the service label on the bottom of the computer.

Consumers should immediately remove the batter from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in the recall. Consumers who had previously checked their batteries and were informed they were not included in previous recalls are being urged to check again. Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery. After removing the battery from the computer, consumers can use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives.

For more information about these recalls, consumers can call HP at 888-202-4320 between 7 AM and 7 PM Central Time Monday through Friday. Consumers can also visit the HP Battery Replacement Program website. For a complete list of batteries included in this recall, or to see this recall on the USCPSC website, click here.

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Backpack Blowers Recalled in US and Canada

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) has issued two recent recalls. Both products are backpack blowers, under different brand names, that pose a potential fire hazard. The USCPSC would like remind consumers that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled product.

Kawasaki Motor Recalls Backpack Blowers

Kawasaki Motor Corp. USA, of Irvine, California, has recalled about 3,400 gasoline powered backpack blowers in the United States, and another 100 in Canada. The recall because the gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard to consumers. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves gasoline-powered blowers sold under the Kawasaki brand name. Model and serial numbers are printed on the product’s blower housing. Backpack blowers included in this recall have a white, translucent fuel tank. This product was sold by authorized service dealers nationwide from August 2008 through February 2011 for between $420 and $490. Be sure to select “Read More” at the bottom of the story to see a full list of the model and serial numbers under this recall.

Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately and return them to the nearest dealer for a free replacement fuel tank. For more information, contact Kawasaki Motor at (877) 364-6404 between 8 AM and 6 PM ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website. Consumers can also write to the firm at: Kawasaki Motor Corp. U.S.A. Consumer Service Department, 5080 36th St. SE, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49546.

To see the press release on CPSC’s website, click here. To view the press release from Health Canada, click here.

Maruyama U.S. Recalls Backpack Blowers and Mister Dusters

Maruyama U.S. Inc., of Denton, Texas has recalled about 18,000 gas powered backpack blowers and mister dusters in the United States as well as 750 in Canada. The recall occurred because the gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard to consumers. 25 incidents of leaking tanks have been reported, with no injuries.

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. This product was sold at authorized service dealers nationwide from April 2008 through December 2010 for between $320 and $820. Be sure to select “Read More” at the bottom of the story to see a full list of the model and serial numbers under this recall.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to the nearest dealer for a free replacement fuel tank. For additional information, contact Maruyama at (866) 783-7400 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website.

To see the press release on CPSC’s website, click here. To view the press release from Health Canada, click here.

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Safety Commission Recalls Four Fire and Heat-Related Products

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) has recently announced the recall of four products distributed across the states and Canada. The products were sold by companies like Pier 1 Imports and Burlington Coat Factory and have the potential to cause fire and gas leaks. Consumers should stop using the products listed below and contact the appropriate outlet for refunds, repairs or replacement products. The USCPSC would like to remind consumers that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled product.

Burlington Coat Factory Recalls Slow Cookers

About 7,460 slow cookers are being recalled by the Burlington Coat Factory of Burlington, New Jersey. The company has received 60 reports of the control panels smoking, melting and sparking and three reports of panels catching fire. Fourteen of these incidents have resulted in minor damage to countertops, but no injuries have yet to be reported.

The slow cookers being recalled are the Bella Kitchen 5-quart programmable slow cookers. They are black with “Bella Kitchen” printed on the control panel. Only products with model number WJ-5000DE and date codes 0907 and 0909, which can be found on the label on the underside of the product, are included in the recall. These products were sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores from June 2010 through December 2010 for $20.

Consumers should immediately stop using the slow cookers and return them to the store for a full refund or store credit. For more information contact Burlington Coat Factory at 888-223-2628 between 8:30 AM and 6 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday, or visit their website. To see the recall at the USCPSC website, click here.

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