Before you go out to plow the snow, check the model of your snowthrower.
Toro, a company based in Bloomington, Minnesota, is recalling about 6,700 of its snowthrowers because they pose an amputation hazard.
The recall is for the 2021 model of Toro Power Max 826 OHAE Snowthrowers with Model No. 37802, according to a recall notice posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website this week.
The announcement came as a massive winter storm brought snow and ice across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic with warnings extended as far south as weather-weary Texas.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact a Toro authorized dealer for a free repair, the notice said.
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The model was sold at the Home Depot, Ace Hardware and Toro authorized dealers nationwide and online from November 2020 to January 2021. It costs about $1,200.
There have been five reports of incidents “related to auger failing to disengage when the control lever is released,” the recall notice says, but no injuries have been reported.
Serial numbers included in the recall are listed on Toro’s website at www.toro.com. For a Toro authorized service dealer, call Toro toll-free at 833-254-8856 or go online at www.toro.com/locator.
Snowthrower versus snowblower
According to BobVila.com, while the terms snowthrower and snowblower are often used interchangeably, they have many differences.
The website describes a snow thrower as a single-stage machine that gathers snow and tosses it out a chute in a single motion. Snowthrowers are better for light snow accumulations.
Snowblowers are usually more powerful and throw the snow farther away.
Contributing: Ryan W. Miller and Doyle Rice
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