Homelite recalls electric blower/vacuums
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Homelite recalls about 241,000 electric blower vacuums because objects that are drawn into the unit during vacuum mode can break through the plastic housing, posing a laceration hazard.The vacuums were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide and online and www.homedepot.com from February 2012 through December 2012 for about $40.About 13,600 are also being recalled in Canada. Information about that recall can be found here.This recall involves Homelite electric blower vacuums with two different model and serial number ranges, including model UT42120 with serial numbers BMP3540001 through BMR2103100, and model UT42120A with serial numbers BMR2120001 through BMR3421250. Model and serial numbers are located on a label on the left side of the red motor housing.The blower vacuums are red and black. “Homelite BlowerVac 2 Speed Powerful 220 MPH” is printed on the side of the motor housing and on the black plastic blower tube.Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled blower vacuums and contact Homelite for a free replacement blower vacuum.Contact Homelite Consumer Products at (800) 597-9624 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or go onlineand click on Safety Notices for more information.