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Recall of the Week: Gasoline-powered backpack blowers and mister dusters due to fire hazard

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About 18,000 gasoline-powered backpack blowers and mister dusters are being recalled by Maruyama U.S., an importer.

11175a Manufactured in Japan, the blower’s gas tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Maruyama has received 25 reports of leaking tanks. No injuries have been reported.

11175b The recall involves gasoline-powered blowers and mister dusters sold under the Maruyama brand name. Model numbers are printed on the product's recoil starter.

Backpack blowers and mister dusters included in this recall have a white, translucent fuel tank.

They were sold at authorized service dealers nationwide from April 2008 through December 2010 for $320 to $820.

11175c Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to the nearest dealer for a free replacement fuel tank, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advise in a joint statement.

For additional information, contact Maruyama toll-free at 866-783-7400 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.maruyama-us.com.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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