Echo Recalls Backpack Blowers Due to Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, has 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: Gas-Powered Backpack Blower

Units: About 16,000

Manufacturer: Echo Inc., of Lake Zurich, IL

Hazard: The fuel line between the fuel tank and carburetor could have been damaged during assembly leading to fuel leakage, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves two models of the Echo 2-cycle gas-powered backpack blowers. The 25.4 cc blowers are orange and black in color and "Echo" is printed on the pull starter housing and blower tube. Model numbers are on a label near the pull starter handle. Serial numbers are on a label near the gas filler cap. Models and corresponding serial numbers included in this recall:

Model Serial Numbers: PB-265L P093121 35519 through P093121 50152, P078110 20732 through P078110 22309

Sold at: Home Depot and authorized Echo dealers from August 2011 through January 2012 for about $270.

Manufactured in: United States

Consumers should immediately stop using the backpack blowers and return them to an authorized Echo servicing dealer for a free repair.

For additional information, contact Echo toll-free at (800) 432-3246 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.echo-usa.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/prhtml12/12118.html

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