|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued August 8, 2002, Revised April 23, 2004
Release # 02-222
|Firm Number (800) 274-4485
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Scott Wolfson, (301) 504-7051
CPSC, Briggs & Stratton Announce Recall of Engines Used on Fun Kart Type Go-Karts
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Briggs & Stratton Corp., of Milwaukee, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 160,000 engines used on fun-karts. Fuel from the engine can spill out if the fun-kart overturns, posing serious fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Briggs & Stratton has received nine reports of incidents involving fun-karts that overturned and caught fire, including four consumers who suffered burns.
The recalled engines are used only on fun-karts, which look and ride like go-karts, but are for personal use. The engine models included in the recall are:
- All Model Series 1352XX on fun-karts
- Location of Model number is indicated by arrow below
|FunPower Model Series 1362XX
- Includes only 1362XX engines built on or before June 22, 1995 (950622XX). Example:
- Has a 2" tall plastic fuel cap.
- Location of Model and Date Code number is indicated by arrow below.
The engines involved in this recall were manufactured in the United States.
Briggs & Stratton sold the engines between May 1992 and June 1995 to fun-kart manufacturers such as Avenger Inc., Bob's Kart Shop, Brister Thunder Karts, Carter Brothers Manuf., Hamilton, Kartco Inc., Ken-Bar Manuf. Co., Manco Products Inc., T&D Metal Products Co., and U.S.A. Industries Inc. The engines were also sold separately to authorized distributors and dealers who may have resold them to consumers building homemade go-karts.
Retail, specialty, and power equipment stores nationwide sold the fun-karts from 1992 through 1997 for between $600 and $2,000.
Consumers should stop using the fun-karts immediately and contact a local Briggs & Stratton dealer for a free engine repair. Consumers also can contact Briggs & Stratton at (800) 274-4485 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. or log on to the company's website at www.briggsandstratton.com to arrange for the free repair or to find a local dealer.
Link to CPSC's provisionally accepted settlement agreement with Briggs & Stratton.
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