About 23,000 Toro Power Clear Snowblowers and more than 6,000 Toro Recycler lawn mowers have been recalled due to a potential risk of fuel leaks, burns and fires.
The Toro snowblower and lawnmower recall was announced on April 26 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, after about 500 reports were received where the carburetor leaked.
According to the CPSC, the carburetors may leak fuel, which could be ignited if it gets close to an ignition source, posing a fire and burn risk for consumers. So far there have been no injury reports related to the defective Toro carburetors.
The recall affects 18,000 Toro Power Clear Snowblowers in the U.S. and another 5,000 sold in Canada. The recalled snowblowers have a model number of 38588 with serial numbers of 310000001 to 310999999 and 311000001 to 311003576, and model number 38589 with serial numbers of 310000001 to 310999999 and 311000001 to 311999999. The model number and serial numbers are found on a decal on the bottom rear of the snowblower.
The recall also includes 6,000 Toro 20” Recycler Mowers sold in the U.S. and another 200 sold in Canada. The recalled mowers have a model number of 20323 with serial numbers of 310000001 to 310999999. The model and serial numbers are found on a decal on the left rear of the mower.
The recalled snowblowers and mowers were sold at Toro dealers in the U.S. and Canada from September 2009 through March 2011.
The CPSC recommends that consumers who have the recalled snowblowers and mowers immediately stop using them and contact Toro for a free repair. Consumers with questions can call 877-738-4440 or visit Toro’s website at www.toro.com.