UPDATE 1 (4/8/10): Editor’s Note – A number of you have had difficulty in going to the LawnMowerClass.com site; click on this link and you should get to the correct page.
UPDATE 2 (4/9/10): For those of you who are having difficulty identifying the ID numbers, the information can be found here for each brand, model or make of lawnmower involved. Please do not submit a claim form to LawyersAndSettlements.com–we are not the claims administrator; you need to go to the website above to submit your claim.
As you’re out there getting the lawn ready for another summer season, take a look at your gas-powered lawn mower. You may be a part of the Lawnmower Class Action.
Yes, there is such a thing and we reported on the lawsuit when it was first filed. And a notice of proposed settlement just landed in my mailbox today.
Here’s what you need to know…
If you purchased a gasoline-powered lawn mower with an engine up to 30 horsepower for your own use between January 1, 1994 and April 12, 2010—yes, the class period is like sixteen years—then you may be eligible to submit a claim for up to $35 for a walk-behind mower or $75 for a riding mower. You may also receive extended warranty benefits.
Note—the lawn mower class action lawsuit is not about lawn mower safety. At issue is that the plaintiff claimed the defendants—American Honda Motor Co. Inc., MTD Products, Sears Roebuck & Co., Sears Holding Corp., Kmart Holding Corp., Deere & Company, Tecumseh Products, TecumsehPower Co, Platinum Equity LLC, Briggs & Stratton Corp., Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. USA, The Toro Company, Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products, N.A. Inc. (including Electrolux Home Products, Inc.) and the Kohler Co—misrepresented and overstated the horsepower of their lawn mowers and lawn mower engines.
Basically, it’s a case of consumer fraud.
And I’m guessing there’s quite a few folks out there who can potentially submit a claim for this one.
Here’s what you need to do…
If you want to include yourself in the Lawnmower Class Action settlement, you’ll need to submit a claim form. You can do so online at LawnMowerClass.com.
You will need the following information from your lawn mower:
The deadline to submit a claim form is August 31, 2010.
Other key dates are:
Deadline to exclude yourself from the settlement: June 4, 2010
Deadline to file an objection to the proposed settlement: June 4, 2010
Court hearing to approve the settlement: June 22, 2010