Snow Thrower Recall Information

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs      Washington, D.C. 20207

For Immediate ReleaseFirm's Recall Hotline: (888) 848-6038
October 5, 2006CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

MTD Snow Throwers Recalled - Plastic Wheel Rims Can Burst and Injure Users

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm listed below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. To access color photos of recalled products, go to the Commission's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/.

Name of Product: 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.

BrandModelSnow Thrower
 
 
 
Troy-Bilt31AS3BB27665.5 HP 24-inch Two Stage
 
Yard Machine31A-3AAD7005 HP 22-inch Two Stage
 31A-3BAD7005.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage
 31A-3BAD7295.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage
 31A-3BAD7525.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage
 31A-3BAD7625.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage
 31AS3DDE7297 HP 24-inch Two Stage
Craftsman247.882555.5 HP 24-inch Two Stage
 247.887005 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.
Customer 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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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 http//www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/.
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