Kawasaki backpack blower fire hazard

On March 17, 2011 the Kawasaki Backpack Blowers have seen a joint recall with Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC).

This recall involves certain models of Kawasaki backpack blowers. The affected tanks are translucent white in colour.

The following model numbers and serial numbers are included in this recall:

  • KRB750A-A4 - 12907, 12955, 12980, 12985, 12996, 13051, 13054, 13063, 13103, 13113, 13116, 13117, 13119 to 13121, 13124, 13130 to 13135, 13137 to 13142, 13145, 13147, 13152, 13159, 13192, 13193, 13246, 13247, 13248.
  • KRB750B-A3, KRB750B-A4, KRB750B-A5, KRB750B-B1 - 10380 to 11339, 11628 to 12107, 12156 to 12635, 13380 to 13529, 13536 to 13543, 13548 to 13859, 14077 to 14388, 14390, 14398 to 14400, 14411 to 14556

What is the danger?

The recalled backpack blowers are equipped with fuel tanks that may leak gasoline, posing a fire hazard to the consumer.

At time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these products.

There have been no reported injuries or incidents reported in the United States.

What should I do?

You should immediately stop using the recalled products and bring them to an authorized dealer to receive a free replacement tank. The dealer will install the replacement tank.

For more information, consumers may contact Kawasaki US at 1-877-364-6404 or visit the Kawasaki website.

How many were sold and where?

Approximately 80 of the recalled blowers were sold in Canada. A total of 3,552 products were distributed in Canada and the United States.

These recalled products were sold from April 2008 to December 2010 in Canada and the United States. The backpack blowers were manufactured in Japan. The distributor is Stens Canada of Brantford, ON.