FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Company Phone Number: (800) 444-8676
January 7, 1999
Release # 99-045
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Toro Co., of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling approximately 78,000 Lawn-Boy power mowers. Interference with the mower's mulching fan can cause the mower blade to crack and break off. Broken pieces of the blade can be propelled from underneath the mower, possibly injuring the operator or a bystander.
Toro has received one report of a consumer who was struck on the ankle by a piece of a broken mower blade while mowing, resulting in a bruised tendon.
The recalled Lawn-Boy Silver Series, Four Cycle, walk-behind, 21-inch power mowers have the following model and serial numbers, which are printed on a decal on the right rear of the mower:
|Model Number||Serial Number Range|
Lawn-Boy Dealers and mass merchant retail outlets, including Sears, Lowe's and the Home Depot, sold these mowers from January 1997 through November 1998 for between $280 and $400.
Consumers should stop using these recalled mowers immediately. The company is mailing consumers free repair kits which include a new mower blade and modified mulching fan. Consumers can have the repair performed for free at a local Lawn-Boy service dealer after receiving the repair kit. Consumers who sent in their mower's registration card will automatically be mailed a repair kit. Consumers who have not been notified should contact their local Lawn-Boy service dealer for assistance.
To locate the nearest Lawn-Boy service dealer or for more information, consumers should call Lawn-Boy at (800) 444-8676 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.
Mowers currently being sold have been corrected.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help 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 40 years.
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