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Before you head out to get your lawn and landscape machinery humming again, check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recent tool recalls (beginning January 1, 2013) to avoid unwanted burns, gas leaks, lacerations, and explosions.

Recall: Briggs & Stratton Ariens Compact Snow Throwers
The carburetor bowl nut on Ariens’ orange-and-black 24-inch Snow-Thro can allow gas to leak from the unit, causing a fire hazard. The model number is 920014 with serial numbers from 100,000 through 119,039. They were sold from August-September 2012 at Ariens and Home Depot locations nationwide.

Recall: Ryobi Lithium 18 V 4Ah Battery Pack
The cordless tool battery pack, model P108 and part number 130429028, can overheat and burst while on a charger, causing fire and burn hazards. They were sold at Home Depot in the U.S. and Canada from September-December 2012.

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Recently I wondered if anyone was actually still into the cheap, off-brand drills like the ones you might find at Costco and the like. The Kawasaki drill I found (above) was fully stocked and looked okay for a heavy NiCad affair. A little bit later I saw the recall for the trigger switch, which “can short and generate excessive heat, posing a burn hazard.” I wondered if this was the same drill.

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In case you haven’t already heard this from other sources, Ford expanded their recall of F150s to include over 1.2 million trucks manufactured between 2003 and 2006 due to an electrical problem that “could lead to the airbag deploying.” As reported in the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, and pretty much everywhere else, it seems that the problem stems from a faulty part in the airbag system. We won’t get into the finger pointing and mess surrounding the recall and its expansion (which you’re welcome to read about elsewhere), but suffice it to say that if you own a 2003 or later F150, you might want to check to see if your truck is affected. If so, Ford has told other sources they’d fix the problem for free in about half a day.

(Thanks, MCS@Flickr, for the great CC-licensed pic of your 2003 F150. Awesome dog, btw. Looks like a good friend.)


If you own a Craftsman, Delta Shopmaster, DeVilbiss, Husky, or Porter-Cable air compressor, heads up: DeVilbiss (the actual manufacturer of these particular models) announced the recall of about 460,000 compressors due to an overheating problem that can pose a fire hazard.

The picture above (courtesy of the CPSC) shows where to check model number information, but you’ll want to visit the CPSC website (link below) to check the extensive list of affected models, which we sold at “home centers nationwide from January 2003 through December 2004.” Affected Craftsman models were sold at Sears (of course) from September 2000 through December 2005.

If you own an affected model, the CPSC says you “should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled compressors and call DeVilbiss or Sears for a free inspection and repair.”

DeVilbiss Recalls Air Compressors Due To Fire Hazard [CPSC]


If you’ve replaced your old “dumb” thermostat with a nifty new programmable model — which is a great idea, by the way — you might want to check real quick to make sure it’s not a White-Rodgers model. The CPSC recently announced the recall of some White-Rodgers thermostats as they “constantly charge the backup AA batteries used to power the thermostat’s clock. This can cause the batteries to leak, resulting in a fire hazard.”

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Stihl recently recalled around 5,000 chain saws as it’s possible for the throttle trigger to stick “after it has been released by the operator, which could cause the engine to continue to run at a speed that drives the saw chain.” Needless to say, a saw continuing to run when you wish it to stop can cause injuries.

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Bosch announced the recall of approximately 20,000 hammer drills. According to the CPSC “the models have a grounding system and trigger switch that could cause ground wire abrasion and/or ground connector failure posing a shock hazard. In addition, the switch could become stuck in the on position posing an injury hazard to the user.” So far no one’s reported any actual incidents.

Affected drills are the 1/2″ 2-speed variety with model numbers HD19-2, HD19-2D, HD19-2L, and HD 21-2. They were sold between September 2009 and August 2010. If you own one of these, you should immediately stop using the drill and return it to Bosch directly for repair. You can contact Bosch toll-free at 866-244-2110 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bosch Recalls Hammer Drills Due To Electrical Shock Hazard [CPSC]


The CSPC announced the recall of about 6,150 Honda and Mantis-branded mini-tillers, all sporting Honda GX25 mini four-stroke engines. They report that a rubber grommet (part of the engine’s fuel tank) “may crack and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.”

You can recognize the models from the serial numbers which you can find on the engine near the fuel cap. Recalled models comprise Honda Mini Tillers, model number FG110, with serial numbers GCALT 1696948 through 1700567 and Mantis Mini Tillers, model numbers 7262 and 7270 with serial numbers GCART-1165215 through 1171495.

No one has reported injuries yet, but if you own (or think you might own) one of the affected models, visit the CPSC site (link below) for more information on how to contact the manufacturer(s).

Mini Tillers w/Honda Engines Recalled [CPSC]


Ryobi started the recall today of around half a million 18V cordless drills due to a problem with the switch, which “can overheat posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.” The CPSC reports that “Ryobi has received 47 reports of the drills overheating, smoking, melting or catching fire, including 12 reports of property damage to homes or vehicles. Two of the incidents involved minor burns from touching an overheated switch.”

The model in question is the HP 1802M Cordless Power Drill (pictured above courtesy of the CPSC) made in China and sold at Home Depot between January 2001 and July 2003. If you own one, the CPSC recommends that you immediately stop using it, remove the battery, and contact Ryobi at 800-597-9624 (between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Mon-Fri) to receive a free replacement drill.

Ryobi Recalls Drills Due To Fire Hazard [CPSC]


Baja, Inc. of Phoenix, AZ, announced a recall of around 300,000 mini-bikes and go-carts today. Apparently the affected models’ gas caps can leak or detach (potentially causing burns) and their throttles can stick, possibly due to the fuel line and throttle cable being improperly attached.

According to the CSPC, the recall involves mini-bikes with model numbers beginning with HT65, MH165, WR65, MB196, DB30, WR90 and DR90, as well as go-carts with model numbers BB65, SD65, DN65, and TR65. You can find the model number on the fenders of mini-bikes. On go-carts you’ll want to check either the (irony alert) decorative fuel tanks or the carts’ roll cages.

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