1 Million Lawn and Garden Products Affected by Multiple Recalls

1 Million Lawn and Garden Products Affected by Multiple Recalls
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April 16, 2015

If you were planning on doing some yard work this weekend, the latest recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may cause you to change your plans.

The CPSC announced three recalls for yard-care products, including one push mower and two leaf blower/vacuums.

Toro Recycler Mowers

Toro is recalling about 900 recycler push mowers in the U.S. and Canada because they were assembled with an incorrect blade driver and blade combination, which can cause the blade to break. No injuries have been reported.

Model number 20337 and a serial number are located on a decal affixed to the rear of the machine. Recalled mowers have serial numbers ranging from 315000101 to 315000983. They were sold at hardware, lawn and garden stores nationwide in February and March 2015 for about $450.

Consumers should stop using the mowers immediately and contact a Toro dealer to schedule a free repair. Toro can be contacted at (844) 521-2384.

Homelite Blower Vacuums

Homelite is recalling in the U.S. and Canada about 864,000 electric blower vacuums that can overheat, spark and catch on fire. The company has received about 1,370 of blower vacuums sparking, arcing, smoking or burning, including one report of minor injury.

Certain models of this product were recalled in February 2013. This recall involves Homelite 12 amp electric blower vacuums with model numbers UT42120, UT42120A and UT42121. They were sold at Home Depot and Direct Tools Factory Outlets stores nationwide and online from January 2010 through March 2015 for about $40.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled blower vacuums and return them to any Home Depot or Direct Tools Factory Outlet store for a full refund. Homelite Consumer Products can be contacted at (800) 597-9624.

Expert Gardner Blower Vacuum

OWT is recalling about 225,000 Expert Gardener electric blower vacuums because they can overheat, spark and catch on fire. OWT has received 16 reports of blower vacuums sparking, arcing, smoking or burning. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Expert Gardener 12 amp electric blower vacuums with model numbers 20254EG, 20254EGA, 20254EGB, 20254EGBC, 20254EGC and 21254EG. Model numbers are located on a label on the left side of the motor housing. Models 20254EG and 20254EGC of this product were previously recalled in February 2013. They were sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide and online from January 2012 through March 2015 for about $40.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled blower vacuums and return them to any Walmart store for a full refund. OWT Industries can be contacted at (800) 597-9624.