Above: A recalled YardWorks and Troy-Bilt snow thrower (left) and a Yard Machine snow thrower.
OTTAWA — A number of snow thrower models have been recalled by Health Canada because their plastic wheel rims are prone to bursting.
As of Dec. 17, 2019, the federal agency counts 36 injuries involving lacerations and/or bone fractures after rims failed on the affected two-wheeled machines manufactured in Canada by MTD Yard Machines, Troy-Bilt, Yard Machines and Yardworks. The involved units were sold from July 2004 to March 2006.
The problem occurs when tires are over-inflated on the snow throwers identified as model numbers 31A-3AAD500, 31A-3DAD529, 31AS3BB2563, 31AS3BAD516, 31AS3CAD516 and 31AS3BAD515. Retailers selling the units included The Home Depot, Rona Home Hardware, Canadian Tire, Tractor Supply Company and others.
Health Canada advises consumers to immediately cease using the machines until a set of steel replacement rims are installed. They’re available free from manufacturer MTD by calling 1-800-668-1238 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
It is illegal to redistribute, sell or “even give away” recalled products in Canada, the agency also points out. It invites Canadians to report safety issues related to these machines — or any consumer product — by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
A snow thrower ejects snow directly from its auger, while a snow blower employs a second-stage blower to get rid of the white stuff.