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NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

July 8, 2002
Alert #02-549

CPSC, Snapper, Inc. Recall Lawn Mowers

PRODUCT: Lawn Mower - Snapper, Inc., of McDonough, Ga. is voluntarily recalling about 2,200 walk-behind lawn mowers. Snapper lawn mowers with model numbers 216751BV, P2167517BV and FRP 216751BV are part of this recall. The model number can be found on a white label attached to the top of the lawn mower. Authorized Snapper dealers sold these mowers nationwide from March 2002 through April 2, 2002 for about $400.

PROBLEM: The walk-behind lawn mowers' side discharge deflector, which is sold as an accessory for these models, is defective. The material used to manufacture the side discharge deflector is not strong enough to prevent projectiles from flying out from under the mower deck exposing consumers and by-standers to possible injuries from flying debris.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: None reported.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers who have removed the bag and attached the side discharge deflector should stop using these walk-behind lawn mowers with the deflector and return them to their Snapper dealer immediately for a free replacement. For more information, contact Snapper, Inc. on (800) 935-2967. Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. or at the 935-2968. Snapper web site at www.snapper.com.

Picture of recalled lawn mower