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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
November 27, 2002
|Tecumseh Recall Hotline: (888) 271-4048 |
Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Scott Wolfson,
CPSC, Tecumseh Products Co. Announce Recall of Power Equipment Engines
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC), Tecumseh Products Co., Tecumseh, Mich., is voluntarily
recalling about 25,000 engines used in various outdoor power equipment. A
misrouted fuel line in the engine can become damaged, allowing gasoline to leak
out, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Tecumseh has not received any
reports of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility
The recalled engines, which were manufactured in the United
States, have model numbers HMSK 80 through 110 and HM 80 through 100, which can
be found on the lower left side of the engine housing. The recalled engines also
have a date of manufacture code (DOM) between 02175 and 02268 followed by the
letter "C", which can be found on the engine identification decal. The HMSK
models are 8 to 11 horsepower Snow King snowthrower engines, while the HM
models are 8 to 10 horsepower Utility engines. The power equipment, brand names,
and retailers involved in this recall include:
|Home Depot, Ariens Dealers, Blaine's Farm,
||MTD Yard Machines
|Menards, Northern Tool, Home Depot|
Tilton Hydra Storm
Hydra Storm Dealers
|Wheeled Leaf Blowers
||MTD Yard Machines
||Home Depot |
equipped with the recalled engines were sold by retailers and dealers nationwide
from June 2002 through November 2002. Sears, Roebuck & Co. distributed a
limited quantity of these recalled products under its Craftsman brand name.
Equipment owners will receive direct mail notice from Sears about this
Consumers should stop using the power equipment immediately and
contact Tecumseh at (888) 271-4048 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through
Friday to schedule a free engine repair. Consumers also can log on to the
company's website at www.tecumsehpower.com.
Engines that have a yellow
dot painted on the fuel line have already been inspected or repaired and are not
included in this recall.