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ECHO recalls backpack blowers, replacement shoulder straps

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 ModelsStart Serial NumberEnd Serial Number
PB-8010H P48715001001P48715999999
PB-8010H P52315001001P52315011904
PB-8010TP48615001001P48615999999
PB-8010TP52415001001P52415014244
EB810P52515001001P52515002697
EB810RTP52015001001P52015999999
EB810RTP52615001001P52615003792
Spare Parts – Replacement Straps Part Number
ECHO Right shoulder strap P/N C061000780
ECHO Right shoulder strapP/N C061000781
ECHO Left shoulder strapP/N C061000790
ECHO Left shoulder strapP/N C061000791
Shindaiwa Right shoulder strapP/N C061000861
Shindaiwa Left shoulder strapP/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.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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