As we wander around the internet looking for information, periodically we run into information about air compressor recalls.
Since this site is all about understanding air compressors, part of that would be knowing if your brand or model has a recall.
Therefore, as we find information about air compressor recalls, that information will be posted on this page by compressor type.
Craftsman Air Compressors
“Originally Posted by Sears
“Our records indicate that you purchased a Craftsman Air Compressor that may have a potential safety hazard. Sears has been advised by the manufacturer of the air compressor, DeVilbiss Air Power Company, that the motor on certain air compressors can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Sears and DeVilbiss, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, are working to correct the potential safety hazard. The CPSC will monitor the effectiveness of this recall program.
The recall involves certain air compressors sold from Sept. 2000 through Oct. 2010. In addition to the model number, the manufacturing date is important due to the fact that not all air compressors with a particular model number are included in this recall. The following Craftsman model numbers of air compressors with the indentified manufacturing dates are affected by this recall:
Model Number/Description/Date of Manufacture
919.166440 15 Gal. Vertical 5/’04-3/’05
919-167240 15 Gal. Horizontal 9/’00-3/’03
919-167241 15 Gal. Horizontal 9/’02-12/’03
919-167242 15 Gal. Horizontal 7/’03-5/’05
919-167243 15 Gal. Horizontal 5/’04-1/’05
919-167250 15 Gal. Horizontal 12/’02-12/’03
919-167251 15 Gal. Horizontal 7/’03-8/’04
Note that air compressors with the following model numbers are NOT affected by the recall: 919.166441, 919.166442, 919.166443, and 919.166444.
If you have one of the air compressors listed in the chart, stop using it immediately, unplug it, and inform everyone else who may use the air compressor of the potential safety hazard. Your air compressor will be repaired at no charge to you.
After you have located the model number and manufacturing date of your air compressor, please record this information, and have this information available when you call Sears toll-free at: 1-888-279-8013″
CPSC, Ingersoll-Rand Co.
“Originally posted by Ingersoll-Rand Co. in 2002
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ingersoll-Rand Company, of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 458,000 portable air compressors sold between 1983 and 1991. Internal corrosion to the inner wall of the air receiver tank can cause the air tank to unexpectedly rupture allowing pressurized air to suddenly and forcefully escape, posing risk of injury to consumers.
Ingersoll-Rand has received 11 reports of sudden tank failure in these portable air compressors. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled portable compressors have single-phase electric motors up to 3hp or gasoline engines up to 8hp with tank sizes up to 30 gallons. The compressors were marketed under various brand names, including Ajax, Charge Air Pro, Energair, Guardian Power, MacTool, Power Force, Rallye, Rand 4000, and Steel Driver. The compressors have serial numbers beginning with the prefix “C” or “DC”. The model numbers begin with the following prefixes – 1B, 1D, 1E, 1I, 2B, 2D, 2E, 3B, 3D, 3E, 4B, 4E, 5E, 5G, 15E, 23HP, 75, 75E, 250E, AB, AIR, AJ, C, CAP, CB, CL, CO, CP, CR, CS, CT, EA, GC, GP, HP, HPC, IR, IRC, LTD, MT, OI, PF, RA, RL, RP, RY, SC, SDS, SE, THP, and WB. Model and serial numbers are located on a plate or sticker attached to the outside housing of the air compressor. On some oil-less models, the model and serial numbers are affixed to an internal floor baffle beneath a removable plastic cabinet.
Hardware and construction supply stores nationwide sold the air compressors from 1983 through 1991 for between $150 and $400.
Air compressor receiver tanks do not have an infinite life. Tank life is dependent upon several factors, some of which include operating conditions, ambient conditions, proper installations, field modifications, and the level of maintenance. The exact effect of these factors on air receiver life is difficult to predict. Due to the current age of these products, Ingersoll-Rand is voluntarily undertaking this action to take these products out of service.
Consumers should stop using the air compressors immediately and contact Ingersoll-Rand for instructions on returning the compressor, freight paid. Consumers will have the option of being sent a check for $100.00 or receiving a $200.00 credit towards the purchase of a new DD2T2 air compressor. For more information, consumers can contact Ingersoll-Rand at (877) 552-2952 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday”.
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