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September 30, 1999

Tecumseh Products Recalls Certain Outdoor Power Equipment

WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - On September 1, 1999 Tecumseh Products announced a recall of 118,000 lawn and garden engines due to leaking fuel lines.   Fuel can leak from a small hole in the engine's fuel line, presenting fire and explosion hazards to consumers. 
Today, Tecumseh, and the Consumer Product Safety Comission have added clarification to the previous announcement by providing the models affected by the recall.

Tecumseh Products Co. has received two reports of fuel lines leaking. No injuries have been reported.

The Tecumseh engines with fuel shut-off valves that are being recalled have D.O.M. numbers from 9121 through 9233. The D.O.M. number is located on the engine's label. The Tecumseh name is found on the engine and on the engine's label. These engines are primarily on snow blowers. Augers and post hole diggers, log splitters, shredders, irrigators and ventilating fans also have been equipped with these engines.

Power Equipment

Brand Name

Snow Blowers

Garden Way

Augers and Post Hole Diggers

General Electric

Log Splitters



Garden Way



Ventilating Fans

Super Vacuum
Tempest Technology

Mass merchandise stores nationwide sold power equipment with the recalled engines from June 1999 to September 1999 for about $800 to $2,000. The products were also sold through authorized factory dealerships.

Consumers should stop using the equipment immediately and call Tecumseh toll-free at (888) 271-4048 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT Monday through Saturday to arrange for a free repair.

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