Electrical shock problems make the “No Good Can Come of This” list, particularly when dealing with something that requires a wet vacuum. That’s why 210,000 RIDGID NXT wet/dry vacuums were recalled on Tuesday.
The exact problem with the Emerson Tool Company-made wet/dry vacuums, as described in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice: “The on/off switch can become dislodged and expose energized wiring, posing a shock hazard to consumers.”
The recall comes amid the rainy season and when hurricanes are threatening to saturate floors and carpeting.
The six-gallon model HD06000 and the nine-gallon model HD09000 were sold only at The Home Depot for $50 and $60, respectively, from March through July.
Home Depot said Wednesday afternoon that stores in areas affected by Hurricane Florence will offer full credit to customers who return the wet/dry vacs. Also, a Home Depot spokesman said via email to The Herald that the chain is extending itself to make sure stores in Florence-slammed areas have an abundance of wet vacs.
Officially, Emerson is asking customers to contact the company at 888-847-8718 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern time for a free replacement powerhead assembly.