|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2006
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 848-6038
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
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MTD Snow Throwers Recalled - Plastic Wheel Rims Can Burst and Injure Users
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 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 Products: Two-Stage Compact Snow Throwers
Units: About 130,000
Manufacturer: MTD Products Inc, of Cleveland, Ohio
Hazard: If the snow thrower's tires are over-inflated, the plastic wheel rims can burst, posing a risk of lacerations and fractures.
Incidents/Injuries: MTD has received reports of 16 injuries, including fractured fingers, a broken toe, and facial lacerations.
Description: The recalled two-stage compact snow thrower is used for snow removal. The snow thrower has two wheels and comes in red, green, gray or black. Troy-Bilt, Yard Machines or Craftsman is printed on the snow thrower's housing. The model number is located on the snow thrower's rear frame. The model numbers included in this recall are listed below.
|Troy-Bilt||31AS3BB2766||5.5 HP 24-inch Two Stage|
|Yard Machines||31A-3AAD700||5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
|31A-3BAD700||5.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
|31A-3BAD729||5.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
|31A-3BAD752||5.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
|31A-3BAD762||5.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
|31AS3DDE729||7 HP 24-inch Two Stage|
|Craftsman||247.88255||5.5 HP 24-inch Two Stage|
|247.88700||5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
Sold at: The Troy-Bilt and Yard Machines snow throwers were sold at independent dealers, home improvement and hardware stores. The Craftsman brand snow throwers were sold at Sears and Kmart stores. Affected snow throwers were sold from July 2004 through March 2006 for between $500 and $800.
Manufactured in: Canada
Remedy: Consumers should contact MTD for a free service kit with pressure relief valves, labels and instructions. Consumers with Craftsman brand snow throwers will be mailed a service kit directly by Sears.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact MTD toll-free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.mtdproducts.com
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