Snow Thrower Engines Recall Alert
Why is Briggs & Stratton Recalling Snow Thrower Engines?
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, D.C. 20207
June 18 2007
Briggs & Stratton Corporation Recalls Snow Thrower Engines Due to Fire Hazard
The following product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Briggs & Stratton OHV Snow Thrower Engines
Units: About 480,000
Manufacturer: Briggs & Stratton Corp., of Wauwatosa, Wis
Hazard: When the engines are primed, excess fuel can overflow into the carburetor and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Briggs & Stratton has received 48 reports of fire. There have been no reports of injury. The firm has received one report of minor property damage.
Description: The recall includes snow equipment with Briggs & Stratton OHV engines that have
model numbers beginning with 12, 15, 20, or 21, and a date of manufacture (DOM) code between 000601xx and 070301xx. The engines
were installed on the following brand snow throwers: Ariens, Canadiana, Craftsman, Frontier Equipment, Husqvarna, Poulan Pro,
Simplicity and Snapper. The engine model number and DOM information are located on the cylinder shield or rocker cover. Call for more
information about determining if your snow thrower engine is included in the recall.
at: Various snow thrower dealers nationwide from June 2000 through February 2007 for between
$630 and $2,350 for the snow thrower.
Remedy: Consumers should
immediately stop using the snow throwers. Call or contact the firms
listed below to arrange for the free repair.
more information, consumers can contact Briggs & Stratton
toll-free at (866) 478-7855 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday
through Friday, or visit the company's Website at www.briggsandstratton.com. Dealers can be found by using the Dealer Locator at Briggs & Stratton's Website. Consumers with Craftsman brand snow throwers should call Sears toll-free at (877) 659-7017 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday.
Note: Keep fuel or equipment with fuel in tank away from furnaces, stoves, water heaters or other appliances that have a pilot light or other ignition source, because they can ignite vapors.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.asp. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
For related information, please review our Snow Engine Recall Frequently Asked Questions.
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