Toro Recalls Power Clear Snowblowers and Recycler Mowers Due to Fire or Burn Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2011
Release #11-207
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 738-4440
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

Toro Recalls Power Clear Snowblowers and Recycler Mowers Due to Fire or Burn Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Toro Power Clear Snowblower and the Toro 20" Recycler Mower

Units:
  Snowblowers:   About 18,000 in the U.S. and 5,000 in Canada
    Mowers:   About 6,000 in the U.S. and 200 in Canada

Manufacturer: The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minn.

Hazard: The carburetors on both products develop fuel leaks and can ignite when exposed to an ignition source, posing a fire or burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been about 500 reports of carburetor leaks. There were no reports of fire or injury.

Description:
  Toro PC-421Q Snowblowers:   The model/serial numbers are found on a decal on the underside of the rear of the unit. Model and serial numbers are:
    Model Number Serial Number
    38588 310000001 to 310999999 and 311000001 to 311003576
    38589 310000001 to 310999999 and 311000001 to 311999999
 
  Toro 20" Recycler Mower:   The model and serial numbers are found on a decal on the left rear of the mower.
Model 20323; Serial number 310000001 to 310999999.

Sold at: Toro Dealers in the United States and Canada from September 2009-March 2011.

Manufactured in: Mower in Mexico; Snowblower in the United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the products and contact a Toro Service Dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, including the name of a dealer near you, contact Toro toll free at 877-738-4440 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, or visit Toro's website: www.toro.com

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1315

Picture of recalled PC-421 snowblower Diagram showing location of model and serial number
PC-421 Snowblower  
Picture of recalled model 20323 recycler mower Diagram showing location of model and serial number
20" Recycler Model 20323 Mower Model and Serial Number Location