In November 2009, a voluntary recall of 85,000 Homelite Mightly Lite Backpack Blowers was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Homelite Consumer Products, Inc. The defective blowers have a fuel tank that can leak gasoline on consumers and pose a fire hazard.
The recall affects red and black Mighty Lite backpack blowers with model number UT08580 and manufacturing date codes ATK1820001 through ATK 3659999, as well as model number UT08580A with manufacturing date codes ATL1530001 through ATL3669999 and ATM0010001 through ATM1749999. Products with a green dot on the outside of the package or the letters “CA” embossed on the fuel tank are not affected by the recall.
Homelite received 18 incident reports of leaking fuel tanks, including one report of skin irritation. The blowers were sold at Home Depot stores, Direct Tools Factory Outlets, CPO Homelite, Gardner, Tap Enterprises, Isla Supply, and Heartland American stores nationwide from September 2007 through October 2009.
The company instructs customers to stop using these products immediately and contact Homelite or the closest dealer to get a free fuel tank replacement.