Husqvarna recalls Certain Lawn Mowers with Briggs & Stratton Engines

Starting date:
October 18, 2016
Posting date:
October 18, 2016
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Laceration Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-60396

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

Affected products

Lawn mowers with Briggs & Stratton Engines

Product description

This recall involves Husqvarna®, Poulan Pro®, Jonsered®, Craftsman®, Yardworks®, Murray®, and Brute® brand lawn mowers with a Briggs & Stratton 7.25 HP engine. The lawn mowers were sold in red, orange, blue and yellow and black. Certain models have two larger rear wheels and two smaller front wheels while others have four identically sized wheels.

The mowers feature a long handle with an operator presence control bar that activates the engine when pushed down towards the mower handle.  Models may come with or without a collecting bag in the rear.  The mowers are labeled with the brand name, and will have the Briggs & Stratton logo on the engine shield.  The mower model and serial number can be found on the rear of the mowing deck, next to the rear wheel.

The following model and serial numbers are included in the recall:
Brand Model Name Serial Number Range
Brute 961480058 110115M00001 - 082516M50000
Craftsman 10176
10178
37275
37489
Husqvarna LB155S
LC121P
HU725AWDEX
HU725AWDH
HU725AWDHQ
Jonsered LM 2155MD
LM 2153CMDA
Murray 21P68H30
Poulan Pro 961320100
961420133
PR675Y22RHPE
PR725Y22RHP
961490006
Yardworks 961380047
961480057

 

Hazard identified

The operator presence control bar can malfunction causing the engine and blades to continue to operate even after the operator presence control bar is released, posing a laceration hazard.

Health Canada has received two reports of the engine continuing to run after the operator presence control bar is released.  No injuries have been reported.

In the United states, Husqvarna has received 53 warranty/service claims for the engine continuing to run after the operator presence control bar is released.  No injuries have been reported.

Number sold

Approximately 27,000 units of the recalled lawn mowers were sold at various hardware stores, home centers and equipment dealers in Canada, and approximately 208,000 were sold in the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in United States.

Companies

Manufacturer
Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products N.A. Inc.
Charlotte
North Carolina
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

Consumers should stop using their mowers and and contact Husqvarna  to determine if their unit needs a free repair.

For more information,  consumers may contact Husqvarna toll free at (877) 257-6921 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m ET Monday through Friday, email or through company's website and click on "Recall" for more information.

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.