Snow thrower safety product recall

Poulan Pro Snow Throwers recalled

October 13, 2010 seems a bit early to be concerned about snow fall but there is a problem with the Poulan model number PP265E27.

This recall involves Poulan Pro Snow Throwers sold by Husqvarna Canada Corp. These snow throwers are propelled by gasoline engines. To identify the snow throwers note that they have 12.24 foot pound torque engines and are bright black with Poulan Pro decals on both sides.

You can determine if this is the recalled model by the model designation number PP265E27 and the PNC 961980028, which are on the data plate located on the right side frame.

What is the danger?

The problem is that the carburetor can fail in some units allowing a gasoline leak, therein posing a fire hazard to consumers.

At the time of the recall neither Husqvarna Canada Corp. nor Health Canada has received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these snow throwers.

What should I do?

You need to stop using the snow thrower immediately and follow these steps:

  • Drain the fuel tank to prevent an unexpected leak or
  • Turn the fuel shut-off valve to the closed position (Refer to page 10 of Operator Manual) and return the unit to a servicing dealer as soon as possible for a complete repair and replacement free of charge.

For more information you may contact the Husqvarna Canada Corp. inspection and repair hotline at 1-877-257-6921 on Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST.

How many units were sold and where?

Approximately 2,000 of the recalled snow throwers were sold at mass merchants and retailers across Canada, including Home Depot. The recalled throwers were sold from September 2009 to February 2010. These units were manufactured in the United States.