Model from the Echo leaf blower recall.

Echo recalled almost 68,000 Echo and Shindaiwa two-stage gas backpack leaf blowers and more than 6,000 replacement straps because the straps, buckles, and other external parts can get sucked into the blower fan, broken into pieces, and then expelled. The company has received 62 reports of this happening, including one incident in which the operator was injured when a broken piece of the blower hit him or her in the neck, according to the recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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The recall includes seven models of gas backpack blowers and six replacement straps. The model and serial numbers can be found on the engine block of the leaf blowers, and the strap’s part number can be found on the plastic wrapping it came in.

Consumer Reports tests gas backpack leaf blowers and currently has seven in its ratings. We have not tested the recalled models from Echo or Shindaiwa. There are three Echo handheld blowers in our ratings—two gas and one battery-powered—and no leaf blowers from the Shindaiwa brand.

Gas backpack blowers are typically more powerful than handheld blowers and weigh almost twice as much. Consumers like them because their weight is supported by your back and shoulders rather than your arms. If you have a large piece of property and lots of leaves, take a look at the best backpack leaf blowers from CR’s tests.

Echo Leaf Blower Recall Details

The recall: The Echo Leaf Blower recall involves 67,700 Echo and Shindaiwa brand two-stage gas backpack blowers and 6,600 replacement straps. The recall includes seven models of leaf blowers and six models of replacement straps. For the full list of model numbers, serial numbers, and part numbers, consult the recall notice from the CPSC.

The risk: The blower’s shoulder straps, plastic buckles, or the anti-static ground wire can be drawn into the blower fan and fan housing, causing the broken pieces of plastic to be expelled from the machine, posing laceration and impact hazards.

Incidents/injuries: Echo has received 62 reports of incidents, including one minor injury, when pieces of a blower were expelled from the machine, hitting a consumer in the neck.

Where and when sold: The Echo and Shindaiwa blowers and replacement straps were sold at independent Echo and Shindaiwa outdoor power equipment dealers and online at Grainger and Home Depot between August 2018 and February 2020 for about $600 for the blowers and $30 for replacement straps.

The remedy: Consumers should stop using the backpack blowers and return them to an authorized Echo or Shindaiwa dealer for a free repair. To find the nearest authorized dealer, go to the store locator on the Echo website or the dealer locator on the Shindaiwa website.

Contact info: For more information on Echo leaf blowers, call Echo at 800-432-3246 or go to the Echo product recalls page. For more information on Shindaiwa leaf blowers, call 877-986-7783 or go to the Shindaiwa product recalls page.

To report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to SaferProducts.gov.