Recall: Two-Stage Compact Snow Throwers
On 2006-10-05, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Two-Stage Compact Snow Throwers due to a potential explosion/projectiles hazard. This product sold new beginning in July 2004 for about $500.00 to $800.00.
About 100,000 units are involved in this MTD snow thrower recall. Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 3rd recall of products in the Snow Blowers & Throwers category in 2006.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 800,000 product units.
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What is the problem?
If the snow thrower's tires are over-inflated, the plastic wheel rims can burst, posing a risk of lacerations and fractures.
Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The recalled two-stage compact snow thrower is used for snow removal. The snow thrower has two wheels and comes in red, green, gray or black. Troy-Bilt, Yard Machines or Craftsman is printed on the snow thrower's housing. The model number is located on the snow thrower's rear frame. The model numbers included in this recall are listed below.
Information on where these items sold new+: The Troy-Bilt and Yard Machines snow throwers were sold at independent dealers, home improvement and hardware stores. The Craftsman brand snow throwers were sold at Sears and Kmart stores. Affected snow throwers were sold from July 2004 through March 2006 for between $500 and $800.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should contact MTD for a free service kit with pressure relief valves, labels and instructions. Consumers with Craftsman brand snow throwers will be mailed a service kit directly by Sears.
For more information, contact MTD toll-free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.mtdproducts.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
MTD has received reports of 16 injuries, including fractured fingers, a broken toe, and facial lacerations.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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