Turf equipment company Toro issued a recall affecting thousands of snow blowers on Feb. 17, citing an amputation hazard posed by the products.
Toro states that approximately 6,700 of its 2021 Power Max Snowthrower are subject to the recall. The stated reason for the recall is the potential for “the auger to fail to disengage when the control level is released, posing an amputation hazard.”
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Toro – a company based out of Bloomington, Minnesota – received five incident reports of the auger failing to disengage when the control level is released on the 2021 Power Max 826 OHAE Snowthrower (Model 37802). No actual injuries have yet been reported, but the company has recognized the problem as having the potential to inflict amputation.
The recall comes amid a polar vortex bringing below-freezing temperatures to most states in the Midwest and Eastern United States. Particularly affected is Texas, which has had its independent power grid knocked offline by snowfall and sub-freezing temperatures.
Toro says consumers should immediately stop using its product if their make and model match those named in the recall. For affected consumers, the company is offering a free repair to remedy the problem.
If you or a loved one were injured by a Toro Power Max Snowthrower subject to this recent recall, you may be able to initiate a product liability civil action to recover the compensation you need. Our experienced and skilled attorneys can offer the legal assistance and support you need to pursue your claim.