The CPSC, in cooperation with The Toro Company, is voluntarily recalling about 900,000 Toro Power Sweep Electric Blowers because the blower’s impeller can break which can result in pieces of plastic flying out of the blower. This can pose a risk of serious injury to a bystander or to the user.
So far Toro has received 154 reports of broken impellers. There have been 21 minor injuries reported such as cuts and bruises from the projectile objects.
The recall involves Toro Power Sweep electric blower model 51586 that was manufactured between 2000 and 2002. The electric blowers 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, which can be seen through the air inlet screen on the bottom of the unit.
The electric blowers were available from Toro dealers and other mass dealers across the nation. Some stores where the blowers were found include The Home Depot, Lowes, Target, and K-Mart. The product was available from January 2000 to December 2002.
For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.