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#1 nra1ifer OFFLINE  

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Posted May 05, 2011 - 09:56 PM

Check this out. For recently purchased new mowers.

Kohler Recalls Engines Sold with Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, and Troy-Bilt Riding Lawn Tractors; Laceration Hazard Posed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2011
Release #11-215 Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 451-2294
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Kohler Recalls Engines Sold with Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, and Troy-Bilt Riding Lawn Tractors; Laceration Hazard Posed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Kohler Courage Engines

Units: About 10,000

Manufacturer: Kohler Co., of Kohler, Wis.

Hazard: A wire connector on the engine can become disconnected causing the operator’s seat switch to fail. When this happens, the blades will not shut down, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Kohler Courage twin-cylinder engines sold with three brands of lawn tractors: Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, and Troy-Bilt. The vertical-shaft gasoline engines range in horsepower from 20 to 25. Engines included in this recall have serial numbers with the first five digits beginning with 41028 through 41056. Serial numbers can be found on the black engine cover.

Sold at: Lowe’s, Tractor Supply Company stores, and by authorized Cub Cadet dealers nationwide from February 2011 through April 2011 for between $1,500 and $5,700.

Manufactured in: USA

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the lawn tractors and contact an authorized Kohler dealer or the retail location where the tractor was purchased for a free inspection and repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kohler Co. at (800) 451-2294 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at Kohler Engines: Home

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 08:07 AM

Laceration Hazard Posed


Must be a sharp place on the engine shroud.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 08:28 AM

Probably a lot of finger cuts on that shroud trying to unplug that wire LOL

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 08:28 AM

Must be a sharp place on the engine shroud.


From the body of the notice...... "Hazard: A wire connector on the engine can become disconnected causing the operator’s seat switch to fail. When this happens, the blades will not shut down, posing a laceration hazard to consumers."

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 08:29 AM

". It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product." Sure makes alot of illegal sales on Ebay & Craiglists. Sounds like somebody discovered that removing a wire from the engine will let the blades keep running when seat is empty. Seems odd that the engine maker is responsible and not the mower companies.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 10:15 AM

The laceration hazard is the blades spinning according to the recall. Getting off the tractor while blades are in motion is common sense. I understand the recall because you have people that would just jump off the tractor without thinking about the blades spinning to get their kid or kid's toys out of the way while mowing and if the safety switch wire did come disconnected then the blades would still be going full force while the operator is jumping off the seat.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 10:26 AM

Sounds like it's more accurately an "amputation" hazard, huh?

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 10:30 AM

I don't understand how it is Kohler's responsibility if it is a seat mounted switch unless the wiring is considered part of Kohler's contract with the manufacturer.

*edit* nm, forgot it said engine mounted switch causing the seat mounted switch to fail.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 10:50 AM

There must be something else in the circuit. Normally an open seat switch causes the engine to stop. In this case an open circuit (disconnected wire) is preventing the engine from stopping. It is likely a wire that is grounded to stop the engine. If the wire is part of the engine wiring then it would be Kohler's respopnsibility to deal with the recall. They will probably have to secure the wire so it cannot easily be disconnected.




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