The company is recalling around 6,700 Toro Power Max 826 OHAE Snowthrowers with the model number 37802 because of an amputation hazard, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The snow blowers were sold nationwide and online by Home Depot, Ace Hardware and Toro authorized dealers between November 2020 and January 2021 for around $1,200.
“What’s the problem?
It has to do with the auger — that is, the rotating corkscrew-like device that scoops the snow up and heaves it through the discharge chute.
Toro’s recalled snow blowers have augers that may fail to disengage when the control lever is released — meaning the auger might not stop spinning when it’s supposed to.
This poses a higher risk for injury and amputation, the company says.”
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At this time there have been five reported incidents to Toro about the Auger not disengaging. Fortunately, no injuries have occurred. Owners of this specific model of snowblower should call Toro immediately and not use it until it is repaired. You’ll be instructed to take it to an authorized dealer for a free repair. As serious as this issue is, it’s good that Toro is taking the initiative with this recall so that no one gets hurt.
At Robbinsdale Marine we offer snow blower repair and are an authorized dealer of many brands including Toro. If your snowblower isn’t working properly call us at 763-533-0300. You may also visit our snowblower repair page for additional details.