September 23, 2021

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Homelite Backpack Blower Recall Due to Fire Hazard

Homelite Backpack Blowers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Due to leaking fuel tanks, about 85,000 Homelite Backpack Blowers can turn into flame throwers or worse. Since your safety is our primary concern, we suggest you check out what model you have and see if you need to take some action before something goes up in flames. If you have one of the affected models, stop using it immediately and contact the manufacturer.

Name of Product: Homelite Mighty Lite Backpack Blowers

Description: This recall involves the Homelite Mighty Lite backpack blowers. The blowers are red and black. The following models are affected by this recall:

  • UT08580 – ATK1820001 through ATK3659999
  • UT08580A – ATL1530001 through ATL3669999; ATM0010001 through ATM1749999

The model number and manufacturing date code are printed on the blower’s data label which is located on the red plastic housing above the choke knob and adjacent to the fuel tank. Products with a green “dot” on the outside of the package or the letters “CA” embossed on the fuel tank are not included in the recall.

Units: About 85,000

Distributor: Homelite Consumer Products Inc., of Anderson, S.C.

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

Incidents: Homelite has received 18 reports of fuel tanks leaking gasoline including one report of minor skin irritation.

Sold at: Home Depot stores and various retailers of refurbished products including Direct Tools Factory Outlets, CPO Homelite, Gardner, Tap Enterprises, Isla Supply and Heartland America stores nationwide from September 2007 through October 2009 for between $90 and $140.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using their backpack blowers immediately and contact Homelite for the closest dealer location to schedule a free fuel tank replacement. For additional information, contact Homelite Consumer Products, Inc. at 1-800-242-4672 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit: www.homelite.com

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