Emerson Tool Co. Recalls 210,000 Wet/Dry Vacs

The Sept. 11, 2018, recall was conducted voluntarily by the company under CPSC's Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms that commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

Emerson Tool Company of St. Louis, Mo., recalled about 210,000 RIDGID® NXT HD06000 and HD09000 wet/dry vacuums on Sept. 11 because their on/off switch can become dislodged and expose energized wiring, posing a shock hazard to consumers. About 208,000 were sold in the United States and about 2,600 in Canada, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recall announcement.

Owners of the product should contact Emerson Tool Company toll-free at 888-847-8718 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT or online at www.emerson.com/en-us/commercial-residential/emerson-tool-company, then click on Safety Notifications.

The recall involves RIDGID NXT wet/dry vacuums, models HD06000 (6-gallon) and HD09000 (9-gallon). The orange and black wet/dry vacuum has four swivel casters, a carrying handle, a hose, and accessories. RIDGID is printed on the front of the vacuum. The model number can be found on a silver product identification label on the back of the vacuum's powerhead assembly.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled wet/dry vacuum and contact Emerson Tool Company for a free replacement wet/dry vacuum powerhead assembly.

No injuries have been reported; the vacuums were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide and online at www.homedepot.com from March 2018 through July 2018 for about $50 for the 6-gallon wet/dry vacuum and for about $60 for the 9-gallon wet/dry vacuum.

This recall was conducted voluntarily by the company under CPSC's Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms that commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

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