Recall: Tecumseh Products Co. Recalls Power Equipment Engines

November 27, 2002
Release # 03-046
Tecumseh Recall Hotline: (888) 271-4048
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Scott Wolfson, (301) 504-7051

CPSC, Tecumseh Products Co. Announce Recall of Power Equipment Engines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tecumseh Products Co., Tecumseh, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 25,000 engines used in various outdoor power equipment. A misrouted fuel line in the engine can become damaged, allowing gasoline to leak out, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Tecumseh has not received any reports of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The recalled engines, which were manufactured in the United States, have model numbers HMSK 80 through 110 and HM 80 through 100, which can be found on the lower left side of the engine housing. The recalled engines also have a date of manufacture code (DOM) between 02175 and 02268 followed by the letter "C", which can be found on the engine identification decal. The HMSK models are 8 to 11 horsepower Snow King® snowthrower engines, while the HM models are 8 to 10 horsepower Utility engines. The power equipment, brand names, and retailers involved in this recall include:

Power Equipment Brand Name Retailers/Dealers
Snowthrowers Ariens
Home Depot, Ariens Dealers, Blaine's Farm, Fleet
Simplicity Dealers
Snapper Dealers
Toro Dealers
Chipper-Shredders MTD Yard Machines
Mighty Mac
Merry Mac
Baker, Earthquake
Menards, Northern Tool, Home Depot
Mackissic Dealers
Northern Tool
Ardisam Dealers
Simplicity Dealers
Generators Coleman Powermate
North Star
Northern Tool
Pressure Washers Tilton Aqua-Stripper
Tilton Hydra Storm
Tilton Dealers
Hydra Storm Dealers
Wheeled Leaf Blowers MTD Yard Machines Home Depot

Products equipped with the recalled engines were sold by retailers and dealers nationwide from June 2002 through November 2002. Sears, Roebuck & Co. distributed a limited quantity of these recalled products under its Craftsman brand name. Equipment owners will receive direct mail notice from Sears about this recall.

Consumers should stop using the power equipment immediately and contact Tecumseh at (888) 271-4048 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to schedule a free engine repair. Consumers also can log on to the company's website at

Engines that have a yellow dot painted on the fuel line have already been inspected or repaired and are not included in this recall.

Picture of Recalled Engine