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Kawasaki Motor recalls Backpack Blowers due to fire hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Gasoline-Powered Backpack Blowers

Units: About 3,400 in the United States and 100 in Canada

Importer: Kawasaki Motor Corp. U.S. A., of Irvine, Calif.

Hazard: The gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves gasoline-powered blowers sold under the Kawasaki brand name. Model and serial numbers are printed on the product's blower housing. Backpack blowers included in this recall have a white, translucent fuel tank. The following model blowers are included in this recall:

Model: KRB750A-A4

Serial: 12907 12955 12980 12985 12996 13051 13054 13063 13103 13113 13116 13117 13119 13120 13121 13124 13130 13131 13132 13133 13134 13135 13137 13138 13140 13141 13142 13145 13147 13152 13159 13192 13193 13246 13247 13248

Models: KRB750B-A3, KRB750B-A4, KRB750B-A5, and KRB750B-B1 (Canada Only)

Serial: 10380 to 11339, 11628 to 12107, 12156 to 12635, 13380 to 13529, 13536 to 13543, 13548 to 13859, 14077 to 14388, 14390, 14398 to 14400, 14411 to 14556

Sold by: Authorized service dealers nationwide from August 2008 through February 2011 for between $420 and $490.

Manufactured in: Japan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to the nearest dealer for a free replacement fuel tank.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kawasaki Motor toll-free at (877) 364-6404 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.kawpowr.com. Consumers can also write to the firm at: Kawasaki Motor Corp. U.S.A. Consumer Service Department, 5080 36th St. SE, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49546.

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1297

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11174.html

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