About 900,000 Toro Power Sweep Electric Blowers have been recalled by the manufacturer, The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minnesota. The blower’s impeller, which is a rotating component on the blower, can break, resulting in pieces of plastic flying out of the blower. This poses a risk of serious injury to the user or a bystander. Toro has received 162 reports of broken impellers, including 28 reports of minor cuts and bruises resulting from projected impeller pieces.
The recall involves Toro Power Sweep electric blower model 51586 that was manufactured between 2000 and 2002. The recalled units have serial numbers that range between 000055100 and 220255609. There are two decals on the main housing of the blower. One decal reads, “TORO Power Sweep” and the decal on the opposite side of the blower contains the model number and serial number. The recalled units can be identified by a black impeller fan that can be seen through the air inlet screen on the bottom of the unit. Toro dealers and various mass retailers nationwide including The Home Depot, Lowes, Target and K-Mart stores sold the blowers from January 2000 through late December 2002 for about $32. Consumers should stop using the recalled blowers immediately and contact Toro to receive a replacement blower. For more information, contact Toro at (888) 279-3191. Consumers can also visit the Toro web site at www.toro.com. The Toro Company has notified registered owners directly.
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