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6,700 snowblowers recalled over amputation risk

6,700 snowblowers recalled over amputation risk
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Thousands of snowblowers are being recalled in the U.S. as much of the central and eastern parts of the country are afflicted by snowy and icy conditions.

The Toro Company warned Thursday that roughly 6,700 of its "Power Max Snowthrowers" posed an amputation hazard to consumers due to an issue that causes the machine's auger, or blade, to fail to disengage after a control lever is released.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Toro Power Max Snowthrower and contact a Toro authorized dealer for a free repair," reads a recall notice on the company's website. The exact machines affected were the company's Model Year 2021 Toro Power Max 826 OHAE Snowthrowers with model number 37802.

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Toro manufactures the machines in Juarez, Mexico. The recall notice comes as at least 20 people have died as a result of freezing conditions across Texas and much of the South and the Midwestern U.S., leaving millions without power.

Texas officials have blamed frozen machinery in the state's natural gas plants for the outages, with 70 to 80 percent of the state's power plants offline as of Tuesday morning. The state also relies on wind power for a fraction of its energy, which officials said was also knocked out by the storm.

Officials in the state have struggled to clear even the state's major roadways, as pictures have emerged on social media of pedestrians walking through thick snow down the middle of an interstate highway.