one of the riding mowers recalled by Briggs & Stratton

Briggs & Stratton today recalled 18,000 riding mowers sold under the Massey Ferguson, Snapper, and Simplicity brand names.

The reverse switch on the mowers can malfunction, causing the blades to continue cutting when you back up, a potential danger to bystanders. There have been no incidents or injuries reported to date.

This is the third recall of riding mowers in recent weeks. In early February, John Deere recalled 3,700 ZTrak riding mowers because the mower can continue to operate with the cutting blades engaged even if the user gets off the seat. Husqvarna issued a recall of 7,100 zero-turn-radius mowers over a possible fuel-line leak. 

The latest recall involves 28 models of riding mowers sold at Briggs & Stratton dealers across the country. 

You’ll find the full list of affected model numbers and serial numbers in the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall notice. To find the model and serial number on a mower, look on the right-hand rail frame next to the engine cover. On the rear-engine riding mowers, check the right side of the frame, opposite the gas tank and above the cutting deck. 

Briggs & Stratton is offering a free inspection and repair. Have your model and serial number handy when you contact the company.

Consumer Reports has not found any problems with the switch on the Snapper RE110 that we tested. It’s also sold under the model number Snapper 7800950. Snapper’s performance in our mower tests was middle of the pack. We do not currently test models branded under the Massey Ferguson or Simplicity name.

Recall Details

The recall: 18,000 Briggs & Stratton riding mowers, sold under the Massey Ferguson, Simplicity, and Snapper brand names. 

The risk: The reverse switch can malfunction, causing the blades to continue cutting when backing up, posing a risk to bystanders. 

Incidents/injuries: None reported.

Where and when sold: Briggs & Stratton dealers nationwide from August 2016 to January 2018. 

The remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled mowers and contact Briggs & Stratton to arrange for a free inspection and repair.

Contact the manufacturer: Call 800-227-3798 or go to briggsandstratton.com.

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