Pressure Washers, Air Compressor Recall Reannounced Following Reports of More InjuriesOct 8, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
DeVilbiss Air Power Company, of Jackson, Tennessee, has reannounced a recall of about 620,000 pressure washers and 72,000 compressors that were previously recalled in December 2006, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
The defective DeVilbiss Pressure Washers and Air Compressors were recalled due to fracture and laceration hazards; the recall has been reannounced due to additional injuries. The pressure washers and air compressors have pneumatic tires with plastic hubs that can burst, posing fracture and laceration hazards to consumers.
To date, DeVilbiss has received more than 100 injury reports, including hand and finger fractures and lacerations and reports of minor property damage and damage to vehicles. The December 2006 recall announcement reported more than 26 reports of injuries and can be accessed at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07060.html
The recalled pressures washers and air compressors were sold under the following brands and model numbers:
- Delta Brand with model numbers: DTH2450, DTH2450-1, D2750H, D2400H-2, D2400H-3, D2700K-1, DTT2450
- Excell brand with model numbers: XR2750-1, XR2600, XR2600-1, XR2600-2, XR2500-1
- Porter-Cable brand with model numbers: PCV2250-2, PC2525SP-1, PCE1700-3, PCH2401-1, PCK3030SP-1, PCV2500, PCH2800C, PCE1700-2, PCH2425-2
- Pressure Wave brand with model numbers: PWH2500, PWH2500K
- Water Driver brand with model number: WHAB2627-1
- Porter-Cable brand with model numbers: CFFR350B-1, C3151-1, C3551-1, PTA51 Service Kit
The pressure washers’ brand, model number and manufacturing date are located on the nameplate on the rear of the engine base. On the air compressors, the brand, model number. and manufacturing date are located on the front of the motor housing. Only pressure washers and compressors with pneumatic tires with plastic tire hubs are affected; pressure washers and compressors with solid tires or metal tire hubs are not affected.
The recalled DeVilbiss Pressure Washers and Air Compressors were manufactured in the United States and sold at home centers and hardware stores nationwide. Recalled pressure washers were sold from January 2004 through November 2005 for between $300 and $1,400. The recalled air compressors were sold between December 2004 and October 2006 for between $300 and $500.
The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using these products immediately and contact DeVilbiss to obtain the location of the nearest service center to receive a free replacement of the tires. DeVilbiss can be contacted toll-free at 1-866-323-9867 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s Web site at www.devap.com.