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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

April 28, 1999
Release # 99-103
Company Phone Number: (800) 444-8676
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Mark Ross, (301) 504-7076

CPSC, Toro Co. Remind Consumers of Lawn-Boy Power Mower Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With warm weather returning to much of the U.S., it is also the beginning of the lawn mowing season. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and Toro Co., of Bloomington, Minn., is reminding consumers of the cooperative recall of approximately 78,000 Lawn-Boy power mowers, announced in January. Interference with the mower's mulching fan can cause the mower blade to crack and break off. Broken pieces of the blade can be propelled from underneath the mower, possibly injuring the operator or a bystander.

Toro has received one report of a consumer who was struck on the ankle by a piece of a broken mower blade while mowing, resulting in a bruised tendon.

The recalled Lawn-Boy Silver Series, Four Cycle, walk-behind, 21-inch power mowers have the following model and serial numbers, which are printed on a decal on the right rear of the mower:
Model Numbers Serial Number Ranges
10200 7900001-7999999
10202 7900001-7999999
10212 7900001-7999999
10236 7900001-7999999
10249 8900001-8999999
10302 7900001-7999999
10307 7900001-7999999
10313 7900001-8999999
10321 7900001-8999999

Lawn-Boy Dealers and mass merchant retail outlets, including Sears, Lowe's and the Home Depot, sold these mowers from January 1997 through November 1998 for between $280 and $400.

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled mowers until they are repaired. Consumers with these recalled mowers can have the repair performed for free at their local Lawn-Boy service dealer. To locate the nearest Lawn-Boy service dealer or for more information, consumers should call Lawn-Boy at (800) 444-8676 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday, or go to their website at

Mowers currently being sold have been corrected.

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