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N.J. Co. Recalls Air Compressors

Feb 26, 2002 | AP US A New Jersey company is recalling about 458,000 portable air compressors because internal corrosion could cause them to burst open, allowing dangerous pressurized air to escape.


Ingersoll-Rand Co., of Woodcliff Lake, has received 11 reports of the air tanks failing, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (news - web sites) said Tuesday. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled portable compressors have electric motors or gasoline engines with tank sizes up to 30 gallons. The compressors were marketed under various brand names, including Ajax, Charge Air Pro, Energair, Guardian Power, MacTool, Power Force, Rallye, Rand 4000 and Steel Driver.

Model and serial numbers are on a plate or sticker on the outside housing. On some oil-less models, the numbers are on an internal floor baffle beneath a plastic cabinet.

The compressors have serial numbers beginning with the prefix "C" or "DC." The model numbers begin with the following prefixes: 1B, 1D, 1E, 1I, 2B, 2D, 2E, 3B, 3D, 3E, 4B, 4E, 5E, 5G, 15E, 23HP, 75, 75E, 250E, AB, AIR, AJ, C, CAP, CB, CL, CO, CP, CR, CS, CT, EA, GC, GP, HP, HPC, IR, IRC, LTD, MT, OI, PF, RA, RL, RP, RY, SC, SDS, SE, THP and WB.

Hardware and construction supply stores sold the air compressors from 1983 through 1991 for between $150 and $400.

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