As severe winter weather sweeps across much of the United States, people may be using their snow blowers overtime. But, if those snow blowers are made by Toro, you may want to check your model number. The company has issued a product defect recall for around 6,700 Toro Power Max 826 OHAE Snowthrowers with the model number 37802 because of an amputation hazard.
Details of the Recall
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has said that the snow blowers were sold nationwide and online by Home Depot, Ace Hardware and Toro authorized dealers between November 2020 and January 2021 for about $1,200. The problem with these products mainly has to do with a part called the auger, which is a rotating corkscrew-like device that scoops up the snow and heaves it through the discharge chute.
The snow blowers included in this recall have augers that may fail to disengage when the control lever is released, which means the auger might not stop spinning when it is supposed to. This poses a higher risk for injury and amputation, according to the company. So far, Toro has received five reports of incidents relating to the auger failing to disengage when the control lever is released. However, no injuries have been reported.
So, what should you do if you have a Toro snow blower? The first step is to look for the model and serial numbers. Affected serial numbers can be found on Toro’s website. The company also says on its website that you should stop using the device right away and contact an authorized dealer for a free repair. You can find a dealer by calling toll free at 833-254-8856 or by using the online locator tool.
Injuries and Liability Issues
Amputations that are caused by defective equipment are often catastrophic injuries, which means that they result in lifelong disabilities and disfigurement. In addition to the physical loss and pain caused by an amputation, victims also suffer serious emotional and psychological issues as a result of amputations.
If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation as the result of a dangerous or defective product, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, retailer or other responsible entity seeking compensation for injuries, damages and losses. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.