NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2005
Release # 05-084 Firm’s Hotline: (800) 372-7759
Firm’s Media Contact: (314) 982-7782
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908



CPSC, Emerson Tool Co. Announce Recall to Repair Wet/Dry Vacuums
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 http://www.emersontoolcompany.com.








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