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CPSC, Tecumseh Products Co. Announce Recall of Engines on Outdoor Power Equipment

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Recall Date:
September 30, 1999

Recall Details


Company Phone Number: (888) 271-4048

September 30, 1999


Release # 99-177

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tecumseh Products Co., of Grafton, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 118,000 engines equipped with a fuel shut- off valve on various brands of outdoor power equipment. Fuel can leak from a small hole in the engine's fuel line, presenting fire and explosion hazards to consumers.

Tecumseh Products Co. has received two reports of fuel lines leaking. No injuries have been reported.

The Tecumseh engines with fuel shut-off valves that are being recalled have D.O.M. numbers from 9121 through 9233. The D.O.M. number is located on the engine's label. The Tecumseh name is found on the engine and on the engine's label. These engines are primarily on snow blowers. Augers and post hole diggers, log splitters, shredders, irrigators and ventilating fans also have been equipped with these engines.

Power Equipment



Brand Name



Snow Blowers



Garden Way



Augers and Post Hole Diggers



General Equipment Co.



Log Splitters









Garden Way









Ventilating Fans



Super Vacuum
Tempest Technology





Mass merchandise stores nationwide sold power equipment with the recalled engines from June 1999 to September 1999 for about $800 to $2,000. The products were also sold through authorized factory dealerships.

Consumers should stop using the equipment immediately and call Tecumseh toll-free at (888) 271-4048 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT Monday through Saturday to arrange for a free repair.

Picture of Engine

Picture of Engine Information on Label

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