A jet fan blower that bites? You betcha! Ryobi is recalling its defective electric jet fan blowers—not really sure what these are—but I’m guessing it might have something to do with gardening.
The recall has been prompted by a rather high number of reported injuries. Apparently, the blower is prone to breaking in a rather bad tempered sort of way, having already caused 10,681 “incidents”, including 25 reports of minor injuries, such as lacerations to the face, hands and legs. These injuries are caused by fan blade pieces being discharged from either end of the blower. Got that?—EITHER end.
The deal is, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the plastic fan inside the blower can break “causing the fan blades to be discharged from either end of the blower tube, posing a laceration hazard.”
Talk about the element of surprise. One minute you’re blowing the leaves away and the next you’re in the middle of cloud of plastic shrapnel. Depending on where and how you’re holding this thing—a good deal more tender body parts could suffer harm.
No wonder this thing gets low ratings from Home Depot customer reviews:
About 121,000 of these defective Ryobi Electric Jet Fan Blowers were sold in the US with another 1900 in Canada and 1100 in Mexico.
We can all breathe a huge sigh of relief however, as the CPSC notes that no property damage has been reported. Depends how you define property, I would say.
Here’s the skinny: the recall involves the Ryobi 8 amp Electric Jet Fan Blowers with model number RY42102 and a serial number between EU15401D170001 and EU16239N999999. The model and serial numbers are printed on the data label on the bottom of the blower. The blower is black and green with “RYOBI” printed on the side of the blower. “8amp JET FAN” is also printed on the side of the blower.
Given the number of “incidents” (not sure exactly what that refers to) and injuries, it seems this recall might be just a bit overdue .
If you own one of these things—you’re being advised to stop using it. If you contact One World Technologies, Inc. they will provide you with a free replacement—one that presumably doesn’t turn into a weapon of mass destruction. FYI—One World Technologies is the importer.
The blowers were sold exclusively at Home Depot stores nationwide, in Canada and Mexico and online at www.homedepot.com from December 2015 through December 2016 for about $40.
And while we’re on the subject of gardening—what ever happened to rakes? Good for the heart, good for the environment—easy on the ears and not prone to explosions of any kind. That’s left to the user’s discretion.
Here’s the full information about the Ryobi recall from the CPSC.