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Toro recalls 38,000 snow blowers with carburetor leaks

Consumer Reports News: July 15, 2010 02:39 PM

Toro has recalled 38,000 snow blowers in the U.S. and Canada after getting 2,200 reports of carburetor leaks. The machines are a fire hazard, according to the recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, although no fires or injuries have been reported.

The CPSC says that exposure to ethanol in gasoline can cause the carburetor needle of the recalled models to become corroded. A corroded needle can stick in the open position and allow fuel to leak from the carburetor, posing a fire hazard. During our lawn mower tests, we posed the question: Is fuel with an increased level of ethanol a problem for small gas engines? It’s an issue we continue to watch.

The snow blower recall involves two models (38272 and 38282) of the Toro Power Clear 180 single stage blower sold at Toro dealers and Home Depot from November 2009 until this past May.
Fortunately, it’s not snowing outside so owners of the recalled snow blowers have time to contact Toro for a free repair. To find a dealer, call (877) 738-4440 or visit Toro’s website. Before you do, check the recall notice for the exact serial numbers. And remember, it's not a good idea to leave gas in your snow blower or lawn mower when you put the equipment away for the season.

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