Laceration Hazard Prompts Lawn Mower Recall
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products N.A. Inc. has issued a recall for seven different brands of lawn mowers that are affected by a malfunctioning presence control bar. The bar can fail to shut off the engine and blades of the lawn mower when released, posing a risk of injury to the consumer.
About the Husqvarna Lawn Mower Recall
According to the CPSC, there are 53 reports of engines continuing to run despite the control bar being released; no injuries have been reported.
The recall involves Husqvarna®, Poulan Pro®, Jonsered®, Craftsman®, Yardworks®, Murray®, and Brute® brand walk-behind gas powered lawn mowers with Briggs & Stratton 7.25 HP engines. About 235,000 units have been sold, 27,000 of which were sold in Canada.
The lawn mowers were sold from Nov. 2015 to Aug 2016 at Lowe’s, Sears and other hardware stores, home centers and equipment dealers. Each unit sold for between $250 and $450.
The lawn mowers are manufactured in the U.S. by Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products N.A. Inc. in Charlotte, N.C.
Description of the Recalled Lawn Mowers
The following information was provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
- The mowers either have four wheels of similar size or two larger rear wheels and two smaller front wheels.
- The mowers come in red, orange, blue, and yellow/black.
- A long handle with an operator presence control bar is pushed down towards the mower’s handle to start the engine.
- Some models have a collection bag in the rear.
- The names of the brands are printed on the mowers as well as a Briggs and Stratton logo printed on the engine’s shield.