The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Tecumseh Power Co., Grafton, Wisconsin, are recalling some 170,000 Tecumseh Engines used in various Two-Stage Snow Throwers, Ice Augers, Generators, Lawn Mowers, Weed Trimmers, Log Splitters and Fun-Karts because the fuel line on these engines can become loose or disconnected, resulting in a fuel leak. This can pose a fire hazard to consumers.
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.
The recalled products were manufactured in the U.S. and sold at home and hardware stores and equipment dealers nationwide from September 2005 through January 2006 for between $200 and $2000.
To date, Tecumseh has received 235 reports of disconnected fuel lines, including two reports of a fire. There have been no reports of injury. The firm has received 39 reports of minor damage, totaling about $44,000.
The recall includes power equipment with Tecumseh engines listed below. The engine model number and date of manufacture (DOM) information is located on a label on the side of the housing.
The recalled engines have a date of manufacture code (DOM) that starts with 05241 to 05286. The label on the engine reads, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tecumseh Power Company,Ã¢â‚¬Â and in addition to the Model and DOM information, lists the Spec number needed for identification.
|Two-Stage Snow Throwers||Ariens, Craftsman, Cub Cadet, Huskee, Husqvarna, MTD Gold Series, Murray, Toro, Poulan Pro,Troy-Bilt, White Outdoor, Yard Machines, Yard Man|
|Log Splitters||Yard Machines|
|Ice Augers and Post Hole Diggers||Jiffy, Eskimo, Earthquake, Hoffco, MEPCO|
|Fun-Karts||Carter Brothers, Ken Bar|
|Generators||Coleman Powermate, NorthStar|
|Lawn Vac/Chipper||Agri-Fab, Craftsman|
Consumers should stop using their equipment until they receive a free inspection and possible repair if necessary. Note: Never store engine with fuel in tank in a building with potential sources of ignition such as hot water or space heaters, clothes dryer, electric motors, etc.
For more information, call Tecumseh toll-free at (888) 271-4048 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit TecumsehÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Web site at www.tecumsehpower.com – Consumers should have their engine model, Spec number, and DOM information available.