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    Emerson Wet/Dry Vacuums Recalled

    December 15, 2003

    Emerson Tool Company is recalling wet/dry vacuums because the exhaust blower ports are large enough for a small child to reach inside and touch the spinning blower wheel. This poses a laceration hazard to small children.

    Emerson has received 10 reports of children inserting their arms into the ports and receiving minor cuts and abrasions to their fingertips.

    The recall involves Craftsman 16-gallon and RIDGID 12- and 16-gallon wet/dry vacuums. The vacuums are used to pick up wet and dry debris. Another feature of the vacuum is the blower, which provides additional cleaning functions.

    The vacuums were sold at Home Depot stores and RIDGE Tool distributors nationwide from March 1999 through October 2002 and Sears Roebuck & Co. stores nationwide from September 1998 through October 2002 for between $70 and $300.

    Consumers should contact Emerson toll-free number to request a free insert. The insert is installed inside the blower port to eliminate the hazard. Consumers should call Emerson Tool Company toll-free at (800) 359-0179 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firms Web site at www.wetdryvacrecall.com.

    Product DescriptionRetail Price*Model NumberSerial Number**
    RIDGID 12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac$74.00WD1245001310-02193
    RIDGID 16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac $94.00
    $119.00
    $119.00
    $139.00
    $139.00
    WD16350
    WD16600
    WD16650
    WD17350
    WD17351
    01309-02168
    99168-02155
    01311-02162
    01313-02045
    02043-02178
    Craftsman 16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac $139.00
    $139.00
    $119.00
    $293.00
    $293.00
    113.170250
    113.170260
    113.17033
    113.292670C
    113.295670C
    02049-02210
    98240-00236
    02156-02219
    99281C-00319C
    00227C-02122C
    *Retail price listed in U.S. Dollars.
    **Serial Number Range provides the first five characters of the serial number/date code listed on the product?s data plate.


    The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    Emerson Tool Company is recalling wet/dry vacuums because the exhaust blower ports are large enough for a small child to reach inside and touch the spin......

    Arctic Cat Recalls Snowmobiles - Damaged Skis

    December 12, 2003

    Arctic Cat Inc. is recalling about 3,700 snowmobiles. The red plastic skis used on these 2003 model year snowmobiles could be damaged by UV light exposure.

    If during off-season storage, the snowmobile was stored with the skis exposed to sunlight, damage may have occurred. If UV damage has occurred, the ski may crack or break during use. If this occurs, it could lead to a loss of control that could result in severe injury or death.

    The recalled red plastic skis (part number 1703-131) were used on a number of 2003 Arctic Cat Firecat models. All 2003 Arctic Cat Firecat snowmobiles produced with red plastic skis are included in this recall.

    Arctic Cat dealerships worldwide sold the units from June 2002 through December 2003 for between $6,500 and $8,500.

    Consumers should stop using these snowmobiles immediately. Registered owners have been notified about this recall by mail. If consumers are unsure if their snowmobile is affected, they should call Arctic Cat toll-free at (800) 279-2281 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or go to the firms Web site at www.arcticcat.com/snowmobiles.

    Consumers should have available the model name and model number of the snowmobile when they call. The model name and model number are displayed on the registration materials you received when you purchased your snowmobile, and on your operators manual. Consumers with a recalled snowmobile should contact their local Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer to schedule the free repair.



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    Field & Brush Cutter Recalled

    December 2, 2003

    Weed and brush cutters made by Bachtold Brothers Inc. are being recalled. The operator can come in contact with the rotating blade, even when disengaged, by pulling on the front of the mower deck while the engine is running, posing a serious injury hazard to consumers.

    The company has received eight reports of laceration injuries.

    The recalled Weed and Brush Cutters have an orange or green body and include the W-24 models, sold under the Bachtold Whipper, DR Field & Brush Mower, and B-800 (with a 77-100 deck) brand names. The brand name is printed on the drive box between the engine and the left wheel. DR All-Terrain Field & Brush mowers manufactured by Country Home Products are not included in this recall.

    The brush cutters were sold through Country Home Products' catalogues, as well as independent distributors nationwide, from January 1978 through April 2001 for between $950 and $1,600.

    Consumers should stop using the units immediately and contact Bachtold if you have the Whipper or B-800 models or contact Country Home Products if you have the DR Field & Brush model to receive a free repair kit. The repair involves the installation of a mechanism that will shut down the engine if and when the operator takes his/her hands off the handlebar.

    Call Bachtold Brothers toll-free at (877) 784-5161 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or Country Home Products toll-free at (877) 595-3668 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

    The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    Field & Brush Cutter Recalled...

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