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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

July 6, 2005
Release #05-218
Firm's Hotline: (888) 271-4048
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Tecumseh Power Co. Announce Recall to Repair Lawn Tractors

WASHINGTON , D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Lawn Tractors

Units: About 21,000

Transaxle Manufacturer: Tecumseh Power Co., of Grafton, Wis.

Hazard: The axles on these lawn tractors can crack and break if subject to extreme load amounts. Should the axle break, it could cause a loss of control and result in injuries to the rider.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: These lawn tractors have a 6-speed MST206-545C Peerless transaxle and a 17.5, 18, 18.5 or 19 horsepower engine. The recalled tractor and transaxle model number information is located below the tractor seat (see Figure 1), and on the transaxle housing (see Figure 2). The recalled transaxles have a date of manufacture code (DOM) between 4275 and 5047 followed by the letter "G", which can be found on the Transaxle ID Label (see Figure 3).

Poulan Pro Black 18.5 Various Hardware Dealers 96012000300
Poulan Black 17.5 Various Hardware Dealers 96012001100
Poulan Pro Black 19 Various Hardware Dealers 96012001700
Poulan Pro Black 18.5 Various Hardware Dealers 96012002700
Southern States Red 17.5 Southern States Dealers 96012002200
Poulan Pro Black 18 The Home Depot 96016000200
Craftsman Grey 18 Orchard Supply Hardware 275390

Sold at: Home and hardware stores nationwide from December 2004 through May 2005 for between $750 and $1,300.

Transaxles Manufactured in: Brazil

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using their lawn tractor, and contact Tecumseh for assistance in identifying affected units, and free repair if necessary.

Consumer Contact: Call Tecumseh toll-free at (888) 271-4048 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit Tecumseh's Web site at

Picture of Recalled Lawn Tractor

Figure 1: Transaxle ID Label Figure 2: ID Label on Rear of Transaxle Figure 3: ID Label