Air Compressor & Power Washers Recalled

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Oct 07, 2009 in Product Recalls

DeVilbiss Air Power Company Pressure Washers and Air Compressors has recalled about 620,000 pressure washers and 72,000 compressors due to more than 100 injury reports, including hand and finger fractures and lacerations and reports of minor property damage and damage to vehicles. An earlier recall in December 2006 reported more than 26 reports of injuries.

The pressure washers and air compressors have pneumatic tires with plastic hubs that can burst, posing fracture and laceration hazards to consumers.

The pressure washers' brand, model number and manufacturing date are located on the name plate on the rear of the engine base. On the air compressors the brand, model number and manufacturing date are located on the front of the motor housing. Only pressure washers and compressors with pneumatic tires with plastic tire hubs are affected; pressure washers and compressors with solid tires or metal tire hubs are not affected.

Both products were sold at home centers and hardware stores nationwide. Recalled pressure washers were sold from January 2004 through November 2005 for between $300 and $1,400. The recalled air compressors were sold between December 2004 and October 2006 for between $300 and $500.

Consumers should stop using these products immediately and contact DeVilbiss to obtain the location of the nearest service center to receive a free replacement of the tires.

For additional information, contact DeVilbiss toll-free at (866) 323-9867 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.devap.com (pdf)

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