Kawasaki Recalls 210,000 Lawnmower Engines

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, have announced a voluntary recall of the following product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Lawn Mower Engines

Units: About 210,000

Manufacturer: Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA of Grand Rapids, MI

Hazard: The fuel filter can leak, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Kawasaki Motors has received 110 reports of fuel leaks. No injuries reported.

Description: This recall includes Kawasaki FH, FR, FS and FX series engines used in riding and wide-area, walk-behind lawnmowers made and sold under the following brand names: Ariens, Bad Boy Mowers, Big Dog, BOB-CAT, Bush Hog, Country Clipper, Cub Cadet, Dixie Chopper, Dixon, DR Power Equipment, Encore, Exmark, Ferris, Gravely, Hustler, Husqvarna, Land Pride, Scag, Simplicity, Snapper Pro, Tiger Corp, Toro, Worldlawn and Woods.

Engines may have also have been bought separately and used in other lawnmowers. Recalled engines are 13 to 36 horsepower, air-cooled, v-twin engines. "Kawasaki" and the model number are printed on the top of all of the engines. In addition, the spec and serial numbers are printed on a label on one side of the engine.

The model, spec and serial numbers can be found in a table on CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13040.html

Kawasaki Motors is recalling the filters used in these lawnmower engines and utility vehicle engines that use the recalled filters, also.

Sold at: Authorized Kawasaki small engine dealers and lawn and garden equipment retailers nationwide. Recalled units were sold between October 2011 and August 2012 for between $2000 and $10,000.

Manufactured in: U.S.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using mowers with the recalled engines and fuel filters and contact Kawasaki or a Kawasaki dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: Kawasaki Motors; toll-free at (866) 836-446, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or online at www.kawpower.com or e-mail the firm at ffrecall@kmc-usa.com for more information.

NOTE TO CANADA: Health Canada also has a press release on this recall which is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1721

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products and a table of model/serial/spec numbers, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13040.html

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