The Toro company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced the recall of Toro Power Sweep Electric Blowers. The impeller, the spinny thing that makes the blower work, can break shooting tiny pieces of plastic to fly out.
These pieces of flying plastic present a projectile hazard to the user. Toro has received several reports of minor injury due to the broken impeller.
This recall only effects one model of blower so far, model number 51586 with serial numbers that range between 000055100 and 220255609. These blowers were manufactured between 200 and 2002. These blowers were sold at several stores including The Home Depot, Lowes, Target and K-Mart stores from January 2000 through late December 2002 for about $32. Please see the press release for full information and pictures of the recalled product.
Toro will replace your blower for free if you have one of the recalled blowers. Contact the company at, (888) 279-3191 between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, or on the web.
While this recall is voluntary its better to be safe than sorry here. It may take a little time on your part to get this matter resolved but look at the bright side. You will get a shiny new leaf blower for the second time!