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"Recall Alerts"

08-12-2002

Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor
palynch@cozen.com
http://www.cozen.com

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Briggs & Stratton Corp. Announce Recall of Engines Used on Fun Kart Type Go-Karts
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Excel Industries, Inc. Announce Recall of Riding Lawn Mowers


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) BRIGGS & STRATTON CORP. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF ENGINES USED ON FUN KART TYPE GO-KARTS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Briggs & Stratton Corp., of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is voluntarily recalling about 160,000 engines used on fun-karts. Fuel from the engine can spill out if the fun-kart overturns, posing serious fire and burn hazards to consumers.

The recalled engines are used only on fun-karts, which look and ride like go-karts, but are for personal use. The engine models included in the recall are:

5HP Model Series 1352XX: - All Model Series 1352XX on fun-karts.

FunPower Model Series 1362XX: - Includes only 1362XX engines built on or before June 22, 1995 (950622XX).

Example:
Model: 136212
Type: 0615 A1
Date Code: 950622YB
- Has a 2" tall plastic fuel cap.
- Location of Model and Date Code number

Briggs & Stratton sold the engines between May 1992 and June 1995 to fun-kart manufacturers such as Avenger Inc., Bob's Kart Shop, Brister Thunder Karts, Carter Brothers Manuf., Hamilton, Kartco Inc., Ken-Bar Manuf. Co., Manco Products Inc., T&D Metal Products Co., and U.S.A. Industries Inc. The engines were also sold separately to authorized distributors and dealers who may have resold them to consumers building homemade go-karts.

Retail, specialty, and power equipment stores nationwide sold the fun-karts from 1992 through 1997 for between $600 and $2,000.

Consumers should stop using the fun-karts immediately and contact a local Briggs & Stratton dealer for a free engine repair. Consumers also can contact Briggs & Stratton at (800) 999-9444 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. or log on to the company's website at www.briggsandstratton.com to arrange for the free repair or to find a local dealer.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 02-225, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02222.html.


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND EXCEL INDUSTRIES, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF RIDING LAWN MOWERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Excel Industries Inc., of Hesston, Kansas, is voluntarily recalling about 1,500 Hustler "FasTrak" riding lawn mowers. Excessive heat, vibrations and wear causes the fuel line to droop over time and rub against the transmission fan, causing the fuel line to be cut. This poses a fire hazard and a risk of burn injuries to consumers.

Excel has received two reports of incidents where gasoline leaks were discovered. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

This recall involves Hustler "FasTrak" riding mowers with 44- and 52-inch decks. The riding mowers are yellow and black with the "FasTrak" logo printed on both sides. The model and serial number of the mower can be found on an identification plate on the left side of the frame in front of the fuel tank, below the operator's platform.

Model Serial Number
926501 P01107001 to P01107003 and 01127001 to 02057338
926519 01127008 to 02057218
926527 02027112 to 02027112
926592 01117001 to 01057263
926600 02027111 to 02057243
926774 02047277 to 02057128

Consumers should stop using these recalled riding mowers immediately and contact their local Hustler dealer to determine if their mower is included in the recall. To locate an authorized Hustler dealer, consumers can call (800) 395-4757 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday. Consumers also can visit Excel's web site at www.excelhustler.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris, release number 02-220, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02220.html.

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

Mr. Lynch can be reached at Cozen and O'Connor, 501 West Broadway, Suite 1610, San Diego, California 92101, 800-782-3366 (voice), 619-234-7831 (fax), palynch@cozen.com (e-mail), http://www.cozen.com. Follow us on Twitter at @firesandrain.

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