An Amerisun PowerSmart Snow Blower that has been recalled.

Amerisun, which distributes PowerSmart snow blowers, has recalled 34,600 snow blowers because a pulley bolt can loosen and cause the machine to get stuck in drive mode, possibly causing injury.

Amerisun has received 15 reports of the pulley bolt loosening on U.S. models, and eight reports of snow blowers becoming stuck in drive mode. No injuries have been reported according to the recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Consumer Reports has tested six models of PowerSmart snow blowers, four of which are among those being recalled. Amerisun is recalling seven specific models. In no case did the pulley bolt come loose during the course of our testing. 

The danger associated with a snow blower becoming stuck in drive mode is that the auger and impeller will continue to operate, potentially catching objects or debris, or even the limb of a bystander, in the process. 

For more information on snow blower safety, read our snow blower buying guide

Details of the Snow Blower Recall

The recall: 34,600 PowerSmart snow blowers. The recall involves seven models of two-stage snow blowers, sold by Amerisun under the PowerSmart name. The snow blowers are red and black and have “PowerSmart” printed on the driving controls' plastic cover.

The full list of modes and serial numbers is listed on the CPSC recall notice. The model number can be found on the PowerSmart sticker located on the metal auger housing just below the chute. The serial number can be found on the bar code sticker below the PowerSmart sticker.

The risk: The pulley bolt can loosen and cause the snow blower to get stuck in drive mode, potentially causing an injury.

Incidents/injuries: Amerisun has received 20 reports of the bolt loosening, 15 in the United States and five in Canada. They have received eight reports of the snow blowers becoming stuck in drive mode. No injuries have been reported.  

Where and when sold: At Home Depot stores nationwide and online at Amazon, Ebay, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, and other websites from July 2015 through February 2018 for between $500 and $800.

The remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled snow blowers and inspect theirs to determine if it has a loose pulley bolt. Inspection instructions can be found on the PowerSmart website. Consumers with a loose pulley bolt should contact Amerisun for a free repair kit or for instructions on how to get the bolt tightened free of charge.

Contact information: Call Amerisun at 800-791-9458, email support@amerisuninc.com, or visit powersmartusa.com and click on Recall to Repair at the bottom of the page for more information.

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to saferproducts.gov.