Toro recently recalled snowblowers that were sold between November 2020 and January 2021 due to a risk of amputation. The recalled snowblowers, also called snowthrowers, were sold nationwide and online at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and Toro-authorized dealers. According to Toro, the auger (the rotating corkscrew device) may fail to disengage when the control lever is released. Several reports made to the company have indicated that the auger did not stop spinning when the control lever was released. To date, no injuries have been reported, but a high risk of injury and amputation can occur with continued use of the recalled snowblowers.
Defective products, like the Toro snowblowers, can cause serious injuries. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, snow blower operators suffer more than 500 amputations and more than 5,000 emergency room visits annually. Since 1992, there have been 19 deaths involving snow blowers. Most of the injuries suffered by slow blower operators occur when trying to clear snow and ice from either the auger or the discharge chute. The likelihood of a clogged auger or discharge chute increases based on several factors, including heavy, wet snow, temperatures higher than 28 degrees, and snow accumulation greater than six inches. Continue reading