Despite the fact that the CSPC and MTD announced the recall of over 130,000 snow throwers back in 2006, we are seeing that many of the recalled snow blowers are still being used.
Consumers who have not received notice of the recall or who have not returned their snow throwers are using them this winter season, and some are being injured when overinflated tires cause the plastic wheel rims to burst.
As of the original recall date of October 5th 2006, the CSPC had received reports of 16 injuries, but that number is climbing higher as consumers continue to use the snow throwers/blowers unaware of the dangers they pose.
The defective snow throwers were sold under the Troy-Bilt, Yard Machines and Craftsman brands. Consumers can find the model numbers on the rear frame to find out if they are using one of the recalled machines.
|Troy-Bilt||31AS3BB2766||5.5 HP 24-inch Two Stage|
|Yard Machines||31A-3AAD700||5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
|31A-3BAD700||5.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
|31A-3BAD729||5.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
|31A-3BAD752||5.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
|31A-3BAD762||5.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
|31AS3DDE729||7 HP 24-inch Two Stage|
|Craftsman||247.88255||5.5 HP 24-inch Two Stage|
|247.88700||5 HP 22-inch Two Stage|
If you purchased a Troy-Bilt, Yard Machines or Craftsman snow blower / snow thrower between July 2004 and July 2006, it is important to check the model number to ensure it is not a machine that has been recalled. An exploding tire poses the threat of severe injury including, but not limited to lacerations and fractures.
Remedy: Consumers should contact MTD for a free service kit with pressure relief valves, labels and instructions. Consumers with Craftsman brand snow throwers will be mailed a service kit directly by Sears.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact MTD toll-free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.mtdproducts.com