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NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 1999
Release # 99-177
Company Phone Number: (888) 271-4048
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052

CPSC, Tecumseh Products Co. Announce Recall of Engines on Outdoor Power Equipment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tecumseh Products Co., of Grafton, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 118,000 engines equipped with a fuel shut- off valve on various brands of outdoor power equipment. Fuel can leak from a small hole in the engine's fuel line, presenting fire and explosion hazards to consumers.

Tecumseh Products Co. has received two reports of fuel lines leaking. No injuries have been reported.

The Tecumseh engines with fuel shut-off valves that are being recalled have D.O.M. numbers from 9121 through 9233. The D.O.M. number is located on the engine's label. The Tecumseh name is found on the engine and on the engine's label. These engines are primarily on snow blowers. Augers and post hole diggers, log splitters, shredders, irrigators and ventilating fans also have been equipped with these engines.

Power Equipment Brand Name
Snow Blowers





Ariens
Frigidaire
Garden Way
MTD
Murray
Simplicity
Snapper
Toro
Augers and Post Hole Diggers
Ardisam
General Equipment Co.
Log Splitters
Brave
Shredders
Garden Way
Irrigators
Wade
Ventilating Fans
Super Vacuum
Tempest Technology

Mass merchandise stores nationwide sold power equipment with the recalled engines from June 1999 to September 1999 for about $800 to $2,000. The products were also sold through authorized factory dealerships.

Consumers should stop using the equipment immediately and call Tecumseh toll-free at (888) 271-4048 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT Monday through Saturday to arrange for a free repair.

Picture of Engine


Picture of Engine Information on Label