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Health Canada recalls new Toro snowblower over amputation hazard

Last Updated Feb 19, 2021 at 12:47 pm PDT

OTTAWA — A Toro snowblower has been recalled in Canada and the United States due to an amputation hazard.

The recall applies to the 2021 Toro Power Max 826 OHAE, model 37802, sold between November and January.

Health Canada says roll pins located in the handle latching assembly can crack and fall out, preventing the auger/impeller from being disengaged. 

This would cause the auger/impeller to spin at full speed any time the engine is running, posing a potential injury hazard to users.

As of Jan. 26, Toro has received four reports of missing roll pins in Canada and no reports of injuries.

Owners are advised to immediately stop using their machines and contact a Toro authorized service dealer.

Toro says 679 units manufactured in Mexico were sold in Canada and 6,700 in the U.S.

The snowblower sells for $1,199, according to Home Depot’s website.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 19, 2021.

The Canadian Press