Consumer Alert

CPSC, Ingersoll-Rand announces recall of portable air compressors
sold between 1983 and 1991

The Department of Public Safety has been made aware of a voluntary recall by Ingersoll-Rand Company of approximately 458,000 portable air compressors. This type of air compressor is typically used for household purposes such as powering pneumatic (air driven) tools.

Internal corrosion to the inner wall of the air receiver tank may cause the air tank to unexpectedly rupture allowing pressurized air to suddenly and forcefully escape, posing risk to injury to the operator and bystanders. Owners of the recalled air compressors are advised to discontinue use immediately.

The recalled compressors have single-phase electric motors up to 3 horsepower or gasoline engines up to 8 horsepower with tank sizes up to 30 gallons. They were sold between 1983 and 1991 under various brand names including Ajax, Charge, Air Pro, Energair, Guardian Power, MacTool, Power Force, Rallye, Rand 4000, and Steel Driver.

For information including the serial and model numbers of the affected compressors, or to learn about the refund and replacement options offered by Ingersoll-Rand, visit or call Ingersoll-Rand's Recall Hotline at (877) 552-2952.

The number of affected air compressors in Massachusetts is unknown. No injuries have been reported to date.

If you have an air compressor that falls under this recall you are instructed to stop using the air compressor 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 or receiving a $200 credit towards the purchase of a new DD2t2 air compressor.

Consumers can obtain recall and release information at the CPSC's web site at

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