Briggs & Stratton, CPSC recalled Model 40 V-Twin Engines for injury hazards

02/08/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Milwaukee, WI—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Briggs & Stratton Corporation have voluntarily recalled about 50 Briggs & Stratton Model 40 V-Twin Engines for injury hazards the product poses. The CPSC announced the product recall on February 1, 2011.

The recall was initiated after discovering that wear on the misrouted wiring can cause the wire to disconnect from the shut-off device, which can allow the engine to continue running when the key is engaged in the “OFF” position; or when the operator gets off the seat while the mower is engaged, posing an injury hazard to the user.

“The recalled product is a Briggs & Stratton V-twin engine with the date code 100201Y. The engines can be found in the following lawn mowers: Craftsman, model 247:289810; Husqvarna, model 960460016; and Bad Boy, model BBM4826BS. The engine date code is bottom-most number located on the valve cover of the engine. The valve cover is located at the front of the engine near the oil dipstick,” according to the CPSC press release.

Consumers are advised to contact a Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealer for a free inspection and repair.

Those with affected Craftsman and Husqvarna models were notified via letter from Sears and Briggs & Stratton. Tractor Supply Company has not notified the owners of the affected Bad Boy models.

For more information concerning the recall, consumers can contact Briggs & Stratton Corporation at (866) 927-3349 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit their website at www.briggsandstratton.com/engines/support/contact.

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