|October 16, 2002
CPSC, Snapper, Inc. Announce Recall of Riding Lawn Mowers
PRODUCT: Lawn Mower - Snapper, Inc., of McDonough, Ga. is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 riding lawn mowers. Snapper lawn mowers with model numbers 280922B, 281022BE, LT145H33HBV, and YZ145333BVE are part of this recall. The model number can be found on a white label attached to the top of the lawn mower. Date code 5/02 or 6/02 can be found on the discharge chute. Authorized Snapper dealers sold these mowers nationwide from May 2002 through June 2002 for between $1,099 to $2,699. These lawn mowers were made in the USA.
PROBLEM: The side discharge chute is defective. The material used to manufacture the side discharge chute is not strong enough to prevent projectiles from flying out from under the mower deck exposing consumers and by-standers to possible injuries from flying debris.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: None reported.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using their lawn mowers until the discharge chute has been replaced. Contact a Snapper dealer immediately for a free replacement. For more information, contact Snapper, Inc. on (800) 935-2967. Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. or at the Snapper web site at www.snapper.com.
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
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