Briggs & Stratton has announced the recall of 5,400 Ariens 920014 Snow-Throw snow blowers. A carburetor-bowl nut can allow fuel to escape from recalled units, creating a fire hazard. The Ariens 920014 appears in Consumer Reports' snow blower Ratings.
Ariens dealers and the Home Depot sold the snow blower from August through September 2012 for about $800 to $1000, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall. The unit is 24 inches wide with orange and black coloring. Recalled units have the model number 920014 and serial numbers ranging from 100,000 through 119,039 on an Ariens-brand label on the lower back panel of the product with the warranty code.
There is also a Briggs & Stratton engine model number 13D1370110 F1 labeled on the side of the engine with the serial-number range from 12053000000 through 12071699999. Engines with a circular black marker dot located on the right side of the engine base are not part of this recall.
Engines with a circular black marker dot located on the right side of the engine base (A) below the electric starter (B) and just above the oil drain plug (C) have already been inspected and are not part of this recall.
If you own a recalled Ariens 920014 snow blower, stop using it and return it to an authorized Briggs & Stratton dealer for a repair. For more details, call Briggs & Stratton Corporation (877-564-0172 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday) or go to the company's recalls page.