ECHO and Shindaiwa Backpack Blowers recalled due to laceration and impact hazards

Starting date:
May 5, 2020
Posting date:
May 5, 2020
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-72967

Last updated:

Summary

  • Product: ECHO and Shindaiwa Backpack Blowers with shoulder straps.
  • Issue: Components can be drawn into the blower fan, causing plastic pieces to be expelled from the machine, posing laceration and impact hazards.
  • What to do: Consumers should immediately stop using the backpack blower and contact the company for a free repair.

Affected products

ECHO and Shindaiwa brand 2-cycle gas powered commercial blowers with shoulder straps.

Product description

This recall involves ECHO and Shindaiwa brand 2-cycle gas powered commercial backpack blowers with shoulder straps. The model and serial numbers can be found on the blower's engine block. The ECHO or Shindaiwa logo can be found on the shoulder strap, with the strap's part number located on the plastic packaging housing the strap at the time of sale.

The following models are affected by the recall:
Backpack Blower Models Serial Number
PB-8010H P4871500100 to P48715999999
P52315001001 to P52315011904
PB-8010T P48615001001 to P48615999999
P52415001001 to P52415014244
EB810 P52515001001 to P52515002697
EB810RT P52015001001 to P52015999999
P52615001001 to P52615003792

 

The following replacement straps are included in the recall:
Replacement Straps Description Part Number
ECHO Right shoulder strap P/N C061000780
P/N C061000781
ECHO Left shoulder strap P/N C061000790
P/N C061000791
Shindaiwa Right shoulder strap P/N C061000861
Shindaiwa Left shoulder strap P/N C061000871

 

Hazard identified

The shoulder straps, plastic buckles or anti-static discharge ground wire can be drawn into the blower fan causing plastic pieces to be expelled from the machine, posing laceration and impact hazards.

As of April 28th 2020, the company has received 5 incidents in Canada, and no reports of laceration or impact injuries.

Number sold

Approximately 2,772 units of the affected product were sold in Canada.

Time period sold

The affected products were sold from August, 2018 to January, 2020.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States and Japan.

Companies

Manufacturer
ECHO Incorporated
Illinois
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the backpack blower and contact their local authorized ECHO or Shindaiwa service dealer for free repair.

For ECHO information, visit www.echo-usa.com or call ECHO's toll free number between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST Monday to Friday at 800-432-3246 to speak to a company representative.

For Shindaiwa information, visit www.shindaiwa-usa.com or call Shindaiwa's toll free number between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST Monday to Friday at 877-986-7783 to speak to a company representative.


Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.