Snow throwers, or snow blowers, have become an increasingly popular product since their introduction to the lawn care market. It is hard to imagine a more convenient way to clear a path through a snow-covered yard. However, the products do have their flaws; if poorly built or improperly used, they can pose a serious threat to consumers.
In 2006, MTD Manufacturers announced an immediate recall of certain Craftsman, Yard Machines, and Troy-Bilt brand snow blowers. This was in response to a warning that had recently been issued by the American Consumer Products Safety Commission. A defect on these machines’ plastic wheel rims was causing serious injuries to many consumers.
Although the defective snow throwers have been pulled off the shelves, many of them remain in circulation. Rhinelander product liability attorneys Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, are deeply concerned about the risk this poses to consumers across the country. For more information about the makes and models that have been recalled, call us at 800-242-2874.
The recalled snow blowers were sold between July 2004 and March 2006, usually for $500 – $800. They were available at Kmart, Sears, and many smaller stores. Their danger lies in their defective wheel rims, which have been known to suddenly burst while the machines are in use.
There have been many reported injuries linked to these products, from broken fingers to lacerations in people’s feet, hands, and faces. Victims may face even more problems than their initial injuries, including infections, high medical bills, and lost wages due to missed work.