Toro recalls leaf blowers

Toro will voluntarily recall about 900,000 electric leaf blowers sold through Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target and Kmart from January 2000 through December 2002.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the leaf blowers can experience problems with a faulty rotating component that can break, causing shards of plastic to fly out of the blower. No serious injuries have been reported, but the company has received 154 reports of the component breaking and 21 reports of minor cuts and bruises.

The recall involves electric blower model 51586, with serial numbers ranging between 000055100 and 220255609. The products were sold for about $32.

The black impeller fan, which causes the problem, can be seen through the air inlet screen on the bottom of the unit. The blowers feature two decals; one reads "TORO Power Sweep" and another features the model and serial numbers.

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