Leaf blowers, baby monitors make recalls list

(WPRI) – Before you head out to do yard work this spring, beware of two leaf blowers that have caused numerous injuries and made this week’s recalls list.

Thousands of Remington Electric leaf blowers are being recalled, after the company received reports that the blowers’ impeller can break and strike the operator during use.  The company has received one incident that resulted in cuts and bruises.

The products were sold nationwide from May 2011 through December 2013 for $40. Customers should stop using the blowers and contact Remington for a free replacement.

Troy-Bilt is also recalling thousands of leaf blowers. The same defect surrounds the blower’s impeller that can break and strike the operator.

The company has received 17 reports, including 12 injuries that resulted in cuts requiring stitches. Consumers can return the blowers to where they were purchased for a replacement.

Summer Infant is also expanding its recall to replace video monitor rechargeable batteries due to a burn hazard. The battery in the handheld video monitor can overheat and rupture, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

About 80,000 monitors in total have been recalled and Summer Infant has received 22 reports of overheated and ruptured batteries, including incidents of smoke and minor property damage.

Consumers should remove the batteries and contact Summer Infant for a free replacement battery.

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