Toro, a popular snow blower manufacturer sold at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and other major dealers, is recalling around 6,700 snow blowers that are failing to disengage the auger when the leaver is released. The snow blower affected is the 2021 Toro Power Max 826 OHAE with the model number of 37802.
For those that do not know, the auger is the corkscrew looking device that spins to scoop up the snow in the front of the snow blower. These are prone to getting jammed and requiring the user to dislodge rocks, ice, etc. to free the blades to continue spinning and do not offer much protection to bystanders and users walking around the machine thinking the auger is stopped. Shutting the snow blower engine off when walking around the machine or freeing a jam is always the safest practice for any snow blower user.
Toro is currently advising all users of this model to stop using the machine and to check their website to see if their serial number is included in the recall. If it is listed, then Toro says you should contact an authorized dealer for a free repair before using the device again. No injures have been reported from this issue as of today.
Find your local Toro dealer here: http://www.toro.com/locator