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Toro® Power Clear 180 Snow Blower

Starting date:
July 14, 2010
Posting date:
July 14, 2010
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
General Public (GP)
Identification number:

Joint Recall with Toro, Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC)

Affected products

Toro® Power Clear 180 Snow Blower

Product description

This recall involves Toro® Power Clear 180 Single Stage snow blowers. The recalled snow blowers have model numbers 38272 and 38282. The model serial decal is located on the lower right rear of the machine. The serial numbers included in the recall range from 310000001 through 310999999.

Hazard identified

Exposure to ethanol in gasoline can cause the carburetor needle to become corroded. The corroded needle can stick in the open position and allow fuel to leak from the carburetor, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

In Canada, neither Health Canada nor Toro have received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these snow blowers. In the United States, Toro has received 2,200 reports of carburetor leaks with no reports of fires or injuries.

Number sold

Approximately 2,375 units of the recalled snow blowers were sold in Canada at Toro dealers and the Home Depot stores.

Time period sold

The recalled snow blowers were sold from November 2009 to May 2010 in Canada.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States.


The Toro Company

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately check if their snow blowers are included in the recall and contact an authorized Toro service dealer to arrange a free repair.

For more information, consumers may contact Toro at 1-877-738-4440 between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm CT Monday through Friday or visit the Toro website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.