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Toro Issues Nationwide Recall Over Their Snowblower’s Amputation Risk

Another day, another product recall — this time from Toro, the manufacturer of a snowblower that recently made shocking headlines after they issued a nationwide recall over the product’s risk of amputation. With the winter season in full swing, here in New Jersey and more winter weather on the way, please make sure to check the model number on your Toro snowblower and discontinue use immediately if you are in possession of this particular model. Continue reading to learn more. 

Nationwide Recall 

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, Toro issued a nationwide recall of their Toro Power Max 826 OHAE Snowthrower, Model 37802. According to the report from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the auger fails to disengage when the control lever is released, posing the risk of amputation. The recall was issued for approximately 6,700 units. 

As it stands, no injuries have been reported, however, Toro has received five reports of the auger failing to disengage when the control lever is released so far. 

Where Was the Toro Power Max 826 Sold? 

The Toro Power Max 826 OHAE Snowthrower has been on the market since November 2020 and was sold at Home Depot, Ace Hardware and various authorized Toro dealers nationwide, both in stores and online. 

According to Toro’s website, you should stop using this product immediately and contact an authorized dealer for a free repair. More information can be found on their website here. 

Who is Responsible for a Product Liability Claim?

In New Jersey, a product is deemed to be defective if it is not safe or suitable for its intended use. There are three types of product liability claims:

  • Manufacturing defect — the product was made unsafe during production 
  • Design defect — the product showed a foreseeable risk of danger
  • Marketing/label defects — the item did not have adequate warning labels of instructions

In order to move forward with a product liability claim in New Jersey, you must prove that one of three forms of negligence occurred. Due to the nature of these cases, an expert witness is usually needed to inspect the product and compare it to industry standards. At Drazin and Warshaw, P.C. we will not only investigate the details of your case but work with these expert witnesses to make sure that you and your loved ones receive the compensation you deserve after what should have been a preventable tragedy. 

Contact a Red Bank Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Product Liability Case in New Jersey

Were you or a loved one injured due to a defective product in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Drazin and Warshaw, P.C. represent clients injured in Red Bank, Monmouth Beach, Wall Township, Spring Lake and throughout Monmouth County, Ocean County and Middlesex County, New Jersey. Call (732) 576-8860 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 25 Reckless Place, Red Bank, NJ 07701 as well as offices in Hazlet and Brick.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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