Remington and Troy-Bilt Leaf Blowers are recalled due to reports of a part breaking during use and causing serious injuries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that about 134,000 Troy-Bilt Electric Leaf Blowers and 24,000 Remington Electric Leaf Blowers are being recalled because the blower’s impeller can break while in use, striking the operator.
KingClean Electric Co., of China, manufactured both brands of the leaf blowers. MTD Southwest Inc., of Tempe, AZ, imported the products into the United States.
MTD received 17 incident reports involving the Troy-Bilt Leaf Blowers. In 12 of those cases, the part failure resulted in cuts, bruises and lacerations so serious the user needed stitches for treatment. One incident report of the Remington Leaf Blowers resulted in cuts and bruises.
Consumers should utilize the information below to determine if their leaf blower is recalled, and if so, stop using the leaf blower immediately.
Troy-Bilt Leaf Blowers affected by this recall have a Model number of TB1808, item number 41BA180G966 and serial numbers ranging from S1D111XK0001 through S1F152XK2008. Only units manufactured between April 11, 2011 and June 15, 2012 are recalled and owners will need to locate the serial number on the product label affixed to the motor housing to determine the manufacture date. The third through sixth characters of the serial number identify the manufacturing date. The third character is the month, for example D for April, E for May and F for June. The fourth and fifth characters are the day of the month. The sixth character is the last digit of the year of manufacture.
Consumers may have purchased the Troy-Bilt Leaf Blowers at Lowe’s stores nationwide or online at www.troybilt.com between May 2011 and November 2013 for about $34. Those that purchased from Lowes should return the product to any Lowes store for a free replacement, while those who bought the product from Troy Bilt should call (888) 848-6038 for a free replacement.
Recalled Remington Leaf Blowers have a Model RM180B, item number 41AA180G983 and serial numbers ranging from S1E131XK0001 through S1E162XK2008. Only units manufactured between May 13, 2011 and May 16, 2012 are affected. Consumers should locate the label with the serial number affixed to the bottom of the motor housing. The third through sixth characters of the serial number identify the manufacturing date. The third character is the month, for example D for April, E for May and F for June. The fourth and fifth characters are the day of the month. The sixth character is the last digit of the year of manufacture.
The Remington Leaf Blowers were sold at various retailers across the country and online at www.mtdproducts.com from May 2011 through December 2013 for $30-$40. Consumers with a recalled Remington Leaf Blower should contact Remington at (888) 848-6038 for a free replacement.