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Portable air compressors recalled for tank corrosion

Woodcliffe Lake, NJ -- June 12, 2002 -- The Ingersoll-Rand Company has recalled about 458,000 portable air compress...


Woodcliffe Lake, NJ — June 12, 2002 — The Ingersoll-Rand Company has recalled 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 users.

Ingersoll-Rand had received 11 reports of sudden tank failure in these portable air compressors.

The recalled portable compressors have single-phase electric motors up to 3 hp or gasoline engines up to 8 hp with tank sizes up to 30 gals. 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.

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.

Users 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 cheque for US$100.00 or receiving a US $200.00 credit towards the purchase of a new DD2T2 air compressor.

For more information, contact Ingersoll-Rand at 877-552-2952 visit the firm’s web site at www.air.ingersoll-rand.com.