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#148415 - 01/17/05 07:04 PM Recall to Repair Wet/Dry Vacuums
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CPSC, Emerson Tool Co. Announce Recall to Repair Wet/Dry Vacuums
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Ridgid® 16-Gallon, Model WD16650 2-In-1 Blower Vac

Units: About 6,500

Manufacturer: Emerson Tool Co., of St. Louis, Mo.

Hazard: The air intake shield may be missing. Consumers can suffer lacerations if they come into contact with the intake blower wheel.

Incidents/Injuries: Emerson Tool Co. has received two reports of consumers who suffered lacerations to finger tips while using these vacuums.

Description: The Ridgid® 16-gallon 2-In-1 Blower Vac, Model WD16650, have light gray drums with orange lids, gray power heads, and black wheels. The recalled units have the model number and a serial number from 04104C through 04114C located on a label on the side of the power head. “Ridgid® 2 In 1 Blower Vac” is written on the front of the units.

Sold at: Home Depot stores and by RIDGE TOOL distributors nationwide from April 2004 through January 2005 for about $100.

Manufactured in: Canada

Remedy: If the air intake shield is missing, consumers should stop using their vacuum and contact the firm for a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should call Emerson Tool Co. at (800) 372-7759 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.emersontoolcompany.com


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