Blower/Vacs Pulled

More than a quarter-million Black & Decker Blower/Vacs are being recalled because of a potential fire threat.

Approximately 272,000 Black & Decker BV4000 Type 1 Blower/Vacs are targeted.

A loose connection between the blower/vac and an extension cord can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard.

Black & Decker has received 187 reports of smoking, melting and/or fire near the blower/vac’s plug, including one report of a fire extending beyond the unit. Black & Decker has received seven reports of minor burns, none of which required medical treatment.

This recall involves Black & Decker model BV4000 Type 1 blower/vacs.

The model and type number are printed on a name plate on the right side of the unit. The blower/vacs have an orange housing and a black blower assembly.

They were sold at home center, hardware and discount stores nationwide from April 2004 through July 2005 for about $70.

If you have one, you should stop using it immediately and contact Black & Decker for a free repair kit.

For additional information, consumers can contact Black & Decker at (866) 853-2138 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

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