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Lawnmower engines recalled

More than 200,000 lawnmower engines have been recalled after 110 reports of fuel-filter leaks.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA of Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday announced a voluntary recall of 210,000 engines.

It includes Kawasaki FH, FR, FS and FX series engines used in riding and wide-area, walk-behind lawnmowers made and sold under the following brand names -- Ariens, Bad Boy Mowers, Big Dog, Bob-Cat, Bush Hog, Country Clipper, Cub Cadet, Dixie Chopper, Dixon, DR Power Equipment, Encore, Exmark, Ferris, Gravely, Hustler, Husqvarna, Land Pride, SCAG, Simplicity, Snapper Pro, Tiger Corp, Toro, Worldlawn and Woods.

The recall said the engines might have also have been bought separately and used in other lawnmowers. Recalled engines are 13- to 36-horsepower, air-cooled, v-twin engines with “Kawasaki” and the model number printed on top.

Kawasaki Motors is also recalling the filters used in these lawnmower engines and utility vehicle engines that use the recalled filters.

The lawnmower engines were sold at authorized Kawasaki small-engine dealers and lawn and garden equipment retailers nationwide between October 2011 and August 2012. They sold for between $2,000 and $10,000, the recall notice said.

Although no fires have been reported, the recall notice said the leak poses a fire hazard.

The owners are advised to stop using the mower and then contact Kawasaki or a Kawasaki dealer for a free repair. Information is available from Kawasaki Motors, toll-free, at 866-836-446 or online at www.kawpower.com. Owners can also email the company at ffrecall@kmc-usa.com.

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