ECHO is recalling about 67,700 ECHO and Shindaiwa backpack blowers and about 6,600 replacement shoulder straps due to laceration and impact hazards.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the blower’s shoulder straps, plastic buckles, or the anti-static ground wire can be drawn into the blower fan and fan housing causing plastic pieces to be expelled from the machine, posing laceration and impact hazards.
This recall involves ECHO and Shindaiwa brand 2-cycle gas powered commercial backpack blowers with shoulder straps. This recall also includes replacement shoulder straps. The model and serial numbers can be found on the blower’s engine block. The ECHO or Shindaiwa logo appears on the shoulder strap, and the replacement strap part number appears on the plastic bag at the time of sale.
|Backpack blower Models||Start Serial Number||End Serial Number|
|Spare Parts – Replacement Straps||Part Number|
|ECHO Right shoulder strap||P/N C061000780|
|ECHO Right shoulder strap||P/N C061000781|
|ECHO Left shoulder strap||P/N C061000790|
|ECHO Left shoulder strap||P/N C061000791|
|Shindaiwa Right shoulder strap||P/N C061000861|
|Shindaiwa Left shoulder strap||P/N C061000871|
Consumers should immediately stop using the backpack blowers and return them to an authorized ECHO or Shindaiwa dealer for a free repair. To locate the nearest authorized dealer, go to the ECHO Store Locator at www.echo-usa.com or the Shindaiwa Dealer Locator at shindaiwa-usa.com.
The firm has received 62 reports of incidents, including one minor injury, when pieces of blower were expelled from the machine, hitting a consumer in the neck.
The items were sold at Independent ECHO and Shindaiwa outdoor power equipment dealers and online at HomeDepot.com and Grainger.com between August 2018 and February 2020 for about $600 for blowers and $30 for replacement straps.