Toro Company Recalls Snow Blowers

The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minnesota has implemented a recall of its P<"">ower Clear 180 Single Stage Snow Blowers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada just announced. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed; it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

About 35,700Power Clear 180 Single Stage Snow Blowers have been recalled in the United States and 2,300 have been recalled in Canada.

Exposure to ethanol in gasoline can cause the carburetor needle to become corroded. A corroded needle can stick in the open position and allow fuel to leak from the carburetor, posing a fire hazard to consumers. To date, Toro has received 2,200 reports of carburetor leaks. No fires or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Toro® Power Clear 180 Single Stage snow blowers, which were manufactured in the United States. The recalled snow blowers have model numbers 38272 and 38282. Serial numbers included in the recall range from 310000001 through 310999999. The model and serial number can be found on a decal on the lower right side of the snow blower.

The recalled Power Clear 180 Single Stage Snow Blowers were sold at Toro dealers and The Home Depot stores nationwide from November 2009 through May 2010 for between $400 and $440.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately check to see if their snow blowers are included in this recall and contact an authorized Toro service dealer to arrange a free repair. To obtain the location of the nearest dealer, consumers should contact Toro, toll-free at (877) 738-4440 between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, or at he firm’s website at

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