There's a big recall for a product you may have in your garage right now. We first told you about a popular leaf blower that exploded in a Houston woman's hand last summer. Now we've learned that story has prompted a nationwide recall.
"An explosion like a deer rifle blew," Eileen Strong told Local 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis last year. "I actually thought I had been shot by a gun."
Strong, 65, was using a Troy-bilt electric leaf blower when she said the blower exploded and sent hard pieces of plastic flying into her legs and arms.
The explosion blew a hole into the actual blower with such force Strong says she was concerned the incident would be much worse if there were small children or pets around.
"If that had blown out and hit anyone that's blowing with their kids outside, it could kill them," she said.
When we called Troy-bilt a representative told us Strong's incident was the first the company has heard about with that particular blower.
But now 10 months later, the company is recalling 134,000 of the Troy-bilt Blowers sold at Lowe's stores and online between May 2011 and November 2013.
Also under recall are 24,000 Remington leaf blowers sold at various retailers between May 2011 and December 2013.
Combined, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has collected 18 incident reports with 13 injuries that resulted in cuts and bruises and lacerations requiring stitches.
If you have one of these blowers, stop using it. You can call the manufacturer, MTD Products for a free replacement. The number is 888-848-6038. Call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
What's important to take away as a consumer is that if Strong had not reported the explosion and been persistent, the company may never have realized the design flaw and issued the recall.