MTD Products Company recalls SureFit blade spindle shaft and assembly

Starting date:
January 4, 2018
Posting date:
January 4, 2018
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Outdoor Living
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-65508

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and MTD Product Company

Affected products

SureFit Blade Spindle Shaft and Blade Spindle Assembly

Product description

This recall involves the SureFit blade spindle shaft and assembly which are intended for use as replacements for parts that wear out or need replaced on lawn and garden equipment. The blade spindle shafts and assemblies are the parts that hold the blade onto the deck of a riding lawn tractor. There is a spindle for each blade under the deck.

The blade spindle shaft can be sold separately or as a component of the blade spindle assembly.

The following products are included in this recall:
Product Name Part Number UPC
Surefit Blade Spindle Shaft 504-00346 889021140298
Surefit Blade Spindle Assembly 504-00341 889021135566

 

Hazard identified

Testing by the company has revealed the blade shaft can fail when the blade impacts something hard like a strong tree root, protruding rock, a sprinkler head or a rigid object. When the shaft fails, it breaks and the blade detaches, posing an injury hazard.

As of December 20, 2017, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada. In the United States, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries.

Number sold

Approximately 31 units of the spindle and 43 units of the assemblies were sold in Canada. Approximately 113 spindles and 785 units of the assemblies were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The affected products were sold from January 2017 to October 2017 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Distributor
MTD Products Company
Kitchener
Ontario
CANADA
Manufacturer
Changzhou Qiyoo Precision Machinery Co., Ltd.
Changzhou
CHINA

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop operating their lawn tractor, and return the part to the place of purchase. MTD Products dealers will replace the affected product at no charge to the consumer.

For more information, consumers may contact MTD Products Company by telephone at 1-855-971-2299 between 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST Monday to Friday, and between 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST Saturday and Sunday, by email, or by visiting the MTD Products Company website for more details regarding this recall.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.