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Toro® Power Clear™ Snow Blower and Push Recycler Mower

Starting date:
April 26, 2011
Posting date:
April 26, 2011
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items, Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Audience:
General Public (GP)
Identification number:
RA-500002556

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

Affected products

Toro® Power Clear™ Snow Blower and Push Recycler Mower

Product description

This recall involves 2010 and 2011 Toro® Power Clear™ 421Q snow blowers that are red with black base and handles, and Toro® 51 centimetres (20 inches) Push Recycler power walk lawn mowers that are red with black base and handles.

Toro® Power Clear™ 421Q Snow Blower: The snow blower model and serial numbers can be found on a decal on the underside of the rear of the unit.

The following model numbers and serial numbers are included in this recall.
Model Number Serial Number
38588 310 000001 to 311 003576
38589 310 000001 to 311 999999

Toro® Push Recycler Mower: The lawn mower model and serial numbers can be found on a decal on the left rear of the unit.

The following model number and serial numbers are included in this recall.
Model Number Serial Number
20323 310 00001 to 310 999999

Hazard identified

The carburetor for the snow blower and lawn mower can develop a fuel leak and can ignite when exposed to an ignition source, posing a fire or burn hazard to the operator.

In the United States, Toro has received 500 reports of leaking carburetors. There have been no reports of fires or injuries related to the use of these products.

In Canada, Toro and Health Canada are aware of 200 incidents of leaking fuel from a carburetor. There have been no reports of fires or injuries related to the use of these products.

Number sold

Approximately 5,000 units of the recalled snow blowers were sold in Canada at authorized Toro dealers. Although the recalled lawn mowers were not directly sold in Canada, approximately 200 units were registered by Canadian owners who purchased the lawn mowers in the United States.

In the United States, approximately 18,000 units of the recalled snow blowers and approximately 6,000 units of the recalled lawn mowers were sold at authorized Toro dealers nationwide.

Time period sold

The recalled snow blowers were sold from September 2009 to January 2011. The recalled lawn mowers were sold from April 2010 to March 2011.

Place of origin

The snow blower was manufactured in the United States; the lawn mower was manufactured in Mexico.

Companies

Manufacturer
The Toro Company
Bloomington
Minnesota
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the snow blowers and lawn mowers, and contact a Toro service dealer for a free repair. Consumers should contact Toro to determine if their snow blower and/or lawn mower are included in this recall or to find the location of the closest Toro service dealer.

For more information, consumers may contact Toro toll-free at 1-877-738-4440, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or visit the company's website.

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