Craftsman Blower/Vac Recall Issued Following Reports of Fires, Injury

Almost 75,000 electric lawn blowers and vacuums have been recalled, after the manufacturer received over half a dozen reports of the motors catching on fire, posing a risk of serious injuries and burns for consumers. 

A Craftsman electric blower/vac recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on December 9, after at least seven consumer reports indicate that the blowers’ motor may catch on fire during use, resulting in one burn injury. Customers are being asked to stop using the products immediately.

Craftsman did not say why the motors were catching fire, but indicates that the overheating blower/vacs may cause burn injuries. The CPSC’s recall statement estimates there were about 74,000 units sold nationwide throughout the U.S.

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The recall includes Craftsman 12 amp electric blower/vacs with model numbers 138.74898 and 138.74899. Both units have a red motor housing, black blower tube, and restrictor nozzle measuring 12 inches tall by 34 inches long. Model 138.74898 has a variable speed switch and contains a serial number ranging between SES0100001 and SES1951280. Model number 138.74899 is equipped with a two-speed switch and contains serial numbers ranging between SER3561101 and SES2141280. The model number, serial number, brand name “Craftsman”, and the words “AC BLOWER/VAC” can be found printed on the side of the motor housing.

The recalled blower/vacs were manufactured in China under the Craftsman brand name and imported and sold at Ace Hardware Corporation, Orchard Supply Hardware, and Sears, Roebuck & Co. stores nationwide and online from January 2013 through October 2015 for between $50 and $100.

Customers are being asked to stop using the recalled blower/vacs immediately and contact the Craftsman brand hotline at 888-266-7096 for a full refund. Customers may also visit them online at www.craftsman.com and navigate to the Product Recalls tab for more information.

4 Comments

  • JimAugust 18, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    I called the Product Recall number and after a hour long wait found out even though I have the correct model # my blower was made before the recall therefore it does not qualify for the recall. So what came first, the blower catching fire or the recall? I don't know do you?

  • DurgeshMay 28, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    These guys are bad and unethical. They are not doing the refund as they should. Just giving run around.

  • ShirleyMay 29, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I waited 30 mins on the recall line and when I finally got a rep she kept saying hello hello etc and apparently she could not hear me. Something wrong here and they should be reported to Consumer Protection

  • JOHNDecember 1, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Mailed unit back and was received at warehouse on 07/01/16.Made two phones as follow up on 10/17/16 and 12/01/16. have not received my check as they told me the recall was bigger than they thought it would be. I feel five months to accept unit, check it, and still not cut a check to the customer is excessive. They have stated to me twice everything is in order and check should be cut soon. some se[Show More]Mailed unit back and was received at warehouse on 07/01/16.Made two phones as follow up on 10/17/16 and 12/01/16. have not received my check as they told me the recall was bigger than they thought it would be. I feel five months to accept unit, check it, and still not cut a check to the customer is excessive. They have stated to me twice everything is in order and check should be cut soon. some service. I probably will never buy any tools again from sears.

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