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OWT Industries Recalls Electric Blower Vacuums Due to Fire and Burn Hazards; Sold Exclusively at Walmart

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Expert Gardener electric blower vacuums

Hazard: The blower vacuum can overheat, spark and catch on fire posing fire and burn hazards.

Remedy: Refund

Consumer Contact: OWT Industries at (800) 597-9624 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.expertgardenertools.com and click on Safety Notices for more information.

Units: About 4,800

Description: This recall involves Expert Gardener 12 amp electric blower vacuums with model numbers 20254EG, 20254EGA, 20254EGB, 20254EGBC, 20254EGC and 21254EG. Model numbers are located on a label on the left side of the motor housing. The blower vacuums are green and black. "Expert Gardener" and "Blower Vac 2 Speed Quiet 150 MPH Powerful 220 MPH" are printed on the side of the green motor housing and on the black plastic blower tube.

Incidents/Injuries: OWT has received 16 reports of blower vacuums sparking, arcing, smoking or burning. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled blower vacuums and return them to any Walmart store for a full refund.

Sold exclusively at: Walmart stores nationwide and online at www.walmart.com from January 2012 through March 2015 for about $40.

Manufacturers: Changzhou Globe Tools Co. Ltd. and Cixi City Best Power Tools Co., Ltd., of China

Importer: OWT Industries Inc., of Pickens, S.C.

Manufactured in: China