Shindaiwa Backpack Blowers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Shindaiwa Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 22,000 Shindaiwa Backpack Blowers due to fire hazards.

The recall concerns models EB630 and EB630RT. All models up to serial #7025018 are included. After serial number 7025018, the leaf blower has been upgraded with stainless steel muffler shells.

The devices weigh approximately 24 pounds and include serial numbers through February 2007 production (S/N 702XXXX) which are located on the side label. The machines are blue with a red label that reads, "Shindaiwa."

The muffler's outer shell can melt allowing exhaust gas to exit from the bottom or back side of the muffler. The exhaust gas may cause damage to the fuel tank creating a possible fire hazard for the user. Shindaiwa is aware of one incident where a small muffler fire was involved with no property damage or injuries.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately and contact Shindaiwa for the closest dealer location to schedule a free muffler replacement. For more information contact Shindaiwa at 800-521-7733 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or visit www.shindaiwa.com.

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