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RECALLS Cleaners and blowers

Published: Sun, July 15, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.

What: About 18,000 bottles of Flood StainStrip and FloodPro Stripper/Cleaner sold in gallon bottles.
Reason: Some of the bottles can leak at the cap, allowing the contents -- which can cause burns to the skin and eyes -- to come in contact with consumers.
Description: The bottles have a Flood logo in the shape of a paintbrush. Only gallon bottles of Flood StainStrip and Stripper/Cleaner are covered by the recall.
Sold from: March through June 2001 at paint and hardware stores nationwide for between $15 and $20.
What to do: Stop using the recalled cleaners immediately and call the Flood Co. hotline at (800) 321-3444 for instructions on safely disposing of the bottles and receiving a refund. Information also is available at http://floodco.com/
What: About 50,500 backpack blowers manufactured by five different firms.
Reason: The fuel tanks on the blowers can leak, posing a fire hazard and a risk of burn injuries to consumers. There have been more than 200 reports of the fuel tanks leaking.
Description: The recalled blowers are: Husqvarna Model Nos. 155BT, 155BF; John Deere Model Nos. UT26113, UT08093, UT08104; Makita Model No. RBL500; Carswell Robin Model No. FL500; Tilton Total TB50.
Sold from: December 1996 through June 2001 at home centers, hardware stores and product dealers nationwide for between $400 and $750.
What to do: Check with the manufacturer to arrange for a free repair. Husqvarna: (800) 438-7297 or www.husqvarna.com; John Deere: (800) 537-8233 or http://johndeere.com/; Makita: (800) 625-4828 or www.makitaope.com; Carswell Robin: (800) 929-1948 or www.carswelldist.com; Tilton Total: (800) 447-1152 or http://tiltonequipment.com/

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