|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2006
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 853-2138
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Black & Decker Recalls Blower/Vacuums for Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Products: Black & Decker BV4000 Type 1 Blower/Vacs
Units: About 272,000
Manufacturer: Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md.
Hazard: A loose connection between the blower/vac and an extension cord can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Black & Decker has received 187 reports of smoking, melting and/or fire near the blower/vac's plug, including one report of a fire extending beyond the unit. Black & Decker has received seven reports of minor burns, none of which required medical treatment.
Description and Models: This recall involves Black & Decker model BV4000 Type 1 blower/vacs. The model and type number are printed on a name plate on the right side of the unit. The blower/vacs have an orange housing and a black blower assembly.
Sold at: Home center, hardware and discount stores nationwide from April 2004 through July 2005 for about $70.
Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the blower/vacs immediately and contact Black & Decker for a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers can contact Black & Decker at (866) 853-2138 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.blackanddecker.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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