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From Products Liability Law Daily, September 11, 2018

Wet/dry vacuums sold only at Home Depot recalled due to shock hazard

By Susan Lasser, J.D.

Emerson Tool Company, of St. Louis, Missouri, is recalling about 208,000 RIDGID® NXT HD06000 and HD09000 wet/dry vacuums because the product’s on/off switch can become dislodged and expose energized wiring, posing a shock hazard to consumers. An additional 2,600 of these vacuums were sold in Canada as well. The recall is jointly issued by Emerson, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and Health Canada of the Canadian government (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 18-220, September 11, 2018).

Incidents and injuries. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Product description. This recall involves RIDGID NXT wet/dry vacuums, models HD06000 (6-gallon) and HD09000 (9-gallon). The orange and black wet/dry vacuum has four swivel casters, a carrying handle, a hose and accessories. "RIDGID" is printed on the front of the vacuum. The model number can be found on a silver product identification label on the back of the vacuum’s powerhead assembly.

The wet/dry vacuums were manufactured in Mexico and were sold exclusively at The Home Depot stores nationwide and online at www.homedepot.com, from March 2018 through July 2018 for about $50 for the 6-gallon wet/dry vacuum and for about $60 for the 9-gallon wet/dry vacuum.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using the recalled wet/dry vacuum immediately and contact Emerson Tool Company for a free replacement wet/dry vacuum powerhead assembly.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Emerson Tool Company toll-free at 888-847-8718 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, or online at www.emerson.com/en-us/commercial-residential/emerson-tool-company and click on "Safety Notifications."

Companies: Emerson Tool Co.; The Home Depot

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