Toro Recalls Power Max Snow Blowers
The auger can stay engaged, posing an amputation hazard
Toro has recalled about 6,700 two-stage snow blowers because the auger can fail to disengage when the control lever is released, posing an amputation hazard. Toro has received five reports of the auger remaining engaged, but no reports of injuries, according to a release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The auger is the corkscrew-shaped mechanism inside the snow blower, which pulls in snow before the snow is ejected through the chute.
The snow blower recall applies to the Toro Power Max 826 OHAE with the model number 37802. Consumer Reports has not tested this model but has tested and recommends a number of other Toro two-stage gas snow blowers.
Details of the Snow Blower Recall
The recall: About 6,700 Toro Power Max snow blowers. The recall involves only model 37802, a two-stage machine with a 26-inch-wide clearing width. Only specific serial numbers are subject to recall; you'll find a list on the Toro recall page. The model number and serial number are located on the back of Toro snow blowers.
The risk: The snow blower's auger can remain engaged even after the control lever is released, posing an amputation hazard.
Incidents/injuries: Toro has received five reports of the auger remaining engaged, but no reports of injuries.
Where and when sold: Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and Toro authorized dealers nationwide, as well as those retailers' websites, from November 2020 through January 2021, for about $1,200.
The remedy: Stop using a recalled snow blower immediately and contact Toro to schedule a free repair.
Contact information: Call Toro at 833-254-8856 or find an authorized retailer in your area on the Toro website.
Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to saferproducts.gov.