FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued April 4, 2006
Revised November 27, 2009
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Tecumseh Engines Used on Various Power Equipment Recalled Due to Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the manufacturers of the brands named below, today announced voluntary recalls of the following consumer products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Tecumseh Engines used in various Two-Stage Snow Throwers, Ice Augers, Generators, Lawn Mowers, Weed Trimmers, Log Splitters and Fun-Karts.
Units: About 170,000 engines used on various products
Manufacturer: Tecumseh Power Co., Grafton, Wis.
Hazard: The fuel line on these engines can become loose or disconnected, resulting in a fuel leak. This can pose a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: 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.
Description: The recall includes power equipment 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.
|Power Equipment||Brand Names
|Two-Stage Snow Throwers
||Ariens, Craftsman, Cub Cadet, Huskee, Husqvarna, MTD Gold Series, Murray, Toro, Poulan Pro,Troy-Bilt, White Outdoor, Yard Machines, Yard Man
|Ice Augers and Post Hole Diggers
||Jiffy, Eskimo, Earthquake, Hoffco, MEPCO
||Carter Brothers, Ken Bar
||Coleman Powermate, NorthStar
Sold at: Home and hardware stores and equipment dealers nationwide from September 2005 through January 2006 for between $200 and $2000.
Remedy: 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.
Consumer Contact: For more information, email the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Tecumseh's Web site at www.tecumsehpower.com - Consumers should furnish their engine model, Spec number, and DOM information.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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