Recall: Tecumseh Engines used in Toro Lawn Mower
On 2006-04-04, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Tecumseh Engines used in Toro Lawn Mower due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2005 for about $200 to $2000.
About 20,000 units are involved in this Yard Man lawn mower recall. Instance(s) of property damage have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 2nd recall of products in the Lawn Mowers (Not Riding) category in 2006.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 700,000 product units.
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What is the problem?
The fuel line on these engines can become loose or disconnected, resulting in a fuel leak. This can pose a fire hazard to consumers.
Instance(s) of property damage have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The recall includes lawn mowers with Tecumseh engines listed below. The engine model number and date of manufacture (DOM) information is located on a label on the side of the housing. The recalled engines have a date of manufacture code (DOM) that starts with 05241 to 05286. The label on the engine reads, Tecumseh Power Company, and in addition to the Model and DOM information, lists the Spec number needed for identification.
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Snow throwers, ice augers & post hole diggers, generators, lawn vacs/chippers, weed trimmers, log splitters and fun-karts with a similar engine were also recalled.
These items were sold new+ at Home and hardware stores and equipment dealers nationwide from September 2005 through January 2006 for between $200 and $2000.
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 stop using their equipment until they receive a free inspection and possible repair if necessary. Note: Never store engine with fuel in tank in a building with potential sources of ignition such as hot water or space heaters, clothes dryer, electric motors, etc.
For more information, call Tecumseh toll-free at (888)271-4048 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit Tecumseh's Web site at www.tecumsehpower.com - Consumers should have their engine model, Spec number, and DOM information available.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Tecumseh has received 235 reports of disconnected fuel lines, including two reports of a fire. There have been no reports of injury. The firm has received 39 reports of minor damage, totaling about $44,000.
+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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