|October 25, 2007
Blastrac Recalls to Repair Concrete Grinders Due to Injury Risk from Ejected Parts
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Blastrac BG 250 Series Concrete Grinders with round flexible couplers
Units: About 185 concrete grinders and 45 replacement couplers
Manufacturer: Blastrac N.A., of Oklahoma City, Okla.
Hazard: The flexible coupler on the concrete grinder can break during use allowing the internal parts, including the tooling plate and grinding disc, to be forcefully ejected from the grinder. This can pose a risk of injury from projectiles to the user and those nearby.
Incidents/Injuries: Blastrac has received five reports of the concrete grinders breaking. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Description: The recalled gas or electric grinders are used to grind concrete surfaces for repair or removal. The grinders have two wheels, a handle and are blue or green in color. They are designed for operation by a single operator. The following concrete grinders are included in this recall. The serial number is located on a plate on the machine’s handle.
|Blastrac Series BG 250|
|See serial numbers below
Sold by: Independent distributors nationwide who sell to professional users, and to equipment rental firms that rent to professional contractors and consumers, from November 2006 through July 2007 for between $2,700 and $5,000. The couplers sold separately for about $95.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Renters should stop using the product immediately and return it to the rental company. Blastrac has directly contacted owners of these products. Product owners who have not received notice from Blastrac should contact the firm for a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Blastrac at (800) 256-3440 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.blastrac.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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