Winter is quickly approaching, and snow has already fallen in parts of the country. Along with snowfall, comes the use of snow throwers. However, some snow throwers should not be used. In 2006, there was a recall of snow throwers manufactured by MTD. The snow throwers were recalled due to the risk of injury from bursting wheel rims when the tires are inflated. Exploding plastic wheel rims have caused numerous injuries, including lacerations and fractures. The snow throwers involved in the recall are two-stage compact snow throwers with Troy-Bilt, Yard Machines or Craftsman printed on the snow thrower’s housing. Yard Machine and Troy-Bilt brand snow throwers were sold at independent dealers, home improvement and hardware stores. Craftsman brand snow throwers were sold at Sears and Kmart stores. Snow throwers involved in the recall were sold between July 2004 and March 2006. The MTD snow thrower recall was done in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Despite the fact that the recall was done in 2006, people are still using the recalled machines, and being injured. Anyone who has one of the recalled MTD snow throwers should not try to inflate the tires. There is a risk of injury caused by the tire rim exploding.
If you have been injured by an MTD snow thrower, contact Jamie Sheller, at Sheller, P.C. to discuss your potential legal rights. The Sheller firm has a long history of successfully representing individuals and classes of individuals who have been injured by defective products.