Sears Canada Advised by Briggs & Stratton Corporation of a Potential Safety Hazard relating to OHV engines used in Craftsman(R) Snow Blowers


    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - Sears Canada has been advised by Briggs &
Stratton Corporation of a potential safety hazard relating to OHV engines
manufactured by Briggs & Stratton and used in certain Craftsman(R) snow
blowers. It has been discovered that over priming of the engine can cause
excess fuel to overflow into the carburetor and ignite, posing fire and burn
hazards to users.
    The affected Craftsman(R) snow blowers were sold at Sears Canada
department, dealer and outlet stores, as well as through the Sears Canada
catalogue and online at www.sears.ca, between June 2003 and March 2007. The
affected model numbers and corresponding Sears item numbers are as follows.-------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Snow Blower Model Number       Sears Item Number           Regular Price
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    C950.52127-0                         52127                    1399.99
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    C950.52313-0, C950.52313-1           52313                    2499.99
    C950.52313-0, C950.52313-1
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    C950.52361-0                         52361
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    C950.52364-0                         52364
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    C950.52429-2A, C950.52429-0          52429                    1299.99
    C950.52429-3A, C950.52429-1
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    C950.52430-0, C950.52430-1           52430                    1349.99
    C950.52430-2, C950.52430-2A
    C950.52430-3A, C950.52430-3B
    C950.52430-4A
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    C950.52431-2A, C950.52431-0          52431                    1549.99
    C950.52431-1, C950.52431-3A
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    C944.52459-0, C944.52459-1           52459                    1699.99
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    C944.52460-0, C944.52460-1           52460                    1899.99
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    C950.52461-0, C950.52461-1           52461                    1799.99
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    C950.52464-0, C950.52464-1           52464                    1999.99
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    C944.52469-3, C944.52469-0           52469                    1599.97
    C944.52469-1
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    C944.52470-0, C944.52470-1           52470                    1799.97
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    C950.52471, C950.52471-1             52471                    2299.99
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    C944.52539-1                         52539                    1449.99
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    C944.52540-0, C944.52540-1           52540                    1649.99
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    C944.52549-0                         52549                    1649.99
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    C944.52550-0                         52550                    1849.99
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    C944.52580-0                         52580                    1899.97
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    C944.52605-0, C944.52605-1           52605                     999.99
    C944.52605-2,
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    C944.52608-0                         52608                    1199.99
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    C944.52680-0                         52680                    2099.99
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------Snowblower model and serial identification decals can be located on the
rear of the snowblower frame directly below the engine or on the impeller
housing beside the snow discharge chute.
    Briggs & Stratton Corporation has received 48 reports of fire in the
United States and Canada. There have been no reports of injury. There has been
one report of minor property damage.
    In the interest of consumer safety, Sears Canada advises customers who
own an affected snow blower to cease use immediately until a repair is
completed. Sears Canada will be contacting all affected customers starting
mid-July 2007 to arrange for a free product repair at their home, with all
repairs being completed by the beginning of the winter season. As part of the
repair, Sears will also be conducting a complimentary oil change and spark
plug replacement. In some remote servicing locations, customers may be
required to bring their snow blower to the closest authorized servicer. If
customers have sold or given their snow blower to another owner, Sears asks
that such customers forward this safety notice to the new owner. Customers
with questions or concerns may contact Sears Canada at 1-800-469-4663.
    Sears Canada will be posting signs in all of its retail stores to advise
customers of this safety recall. Sears Canada is bringing this matter to the
public's attention in the interest of consumer safety and apologizes for any
inconvenience.

    Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network of 196 corporate
stores, 178 dealer stores, 64 home improvement showrooms, over 1,850 catalogue
merchandise pick-up locations, 107 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home
maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes
Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping
online at www.sears.ca.




For further information: Katarina Kristanic, Sears Corporate
Communications, (416) 941-4424, katarina.kristanic@sears.ca