Landscape contractors take note, two equipment manufacturers have issued recalls on lawn tractors due to safety concerns.
John Deere has recalled its X300, X300R and X304 series tractors powered by Kawasaki engines due to overheating and fire hazards. The cooling fan installed on top of the front mounted Kawasaki engine in the lawn tractor can break. If the cooling fan is not operational, the engine can overheat causing the surrounding plastic to melt, creating the risk of fire and serious injury.
This recall lawn Tractors with Kawasaki FS541V engines manufactured between September 20, 2010 and July 21, 2011. Visit www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11752.html to view the serial numbers associated with the recall lawn tractors.
John Deere Recalls Lawn Tractors Due to Laceration Hazard
A second John Deere lawn tractor model has been recalled to a laceration hazard. Hardware used to hold the mower blade brake assemblies on the mower decks can break. This can cause the mower blades to spin longer than normal after the operator turns off the power, posing a laceration hazard.
The recalled lawn tractors are green, with yellow seats and mower decks. Model numbers D100, D110, D120, and D130, all with a 42-inch Edge™ Cutting System mower deck, are included in this recall. The model number is located on both sides of the tractor’s hood. Visit www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11325.html to view the serial numbers associated with the recall lawn tractors.
Brake Failure Leads to Lawn Tractor Recall
John Deere’s D100 Lawn Tractors have been recalled due to potential brake failure. Hardware used to hold the brake assembly to the transmission housing can break which can cause the brakes to fail, posing an injury hazard due to loss of control.
Visit www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11326.html for more information on this recall.
The recalled lawn tractors are green with yellow seats and mower decks. Model D100 tractors are included in this recall. The model number is located on both sides of the tractor’s hood. Tractors with the serial numbers below are included in this recall. Serial numbers are located under the right rear fender.
1GXD100A…BB051247 thru 1GXD100A…BB053312
1GXD100E…BB114388 thru 1GXD100E…BB139599
With all of the recalls, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn tractors and contact the company for a free hardware inspection and repair.
For additional information, contact Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday or visit the firm’s website at www.johndeere.com.
Kubota Recalls Riding Mowers Due to Fire Hazard
Kubota is recalling its riding mowers with a 48-inch, 54-inch, or 60-inch wide mower decks due to a fire hazard. The fuel hose clamp on the mower can detach from the fuel filter and allow gas to leak out, posing a fire hazard.
The recall affects about 6,100 units sold at authorized Kubota dealers nationwide from April 2010 through April 2011. The recalled mowers have “KUBOTA” stamped on either the sides of the front engine cover, or on the right side behind the driver’s seat. The serial number is located on the left front frame for T series models and the right front frame for GR and ZG series models. Visit www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11751.html for the list of serial numbers.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled riding mowers and contact Kubota to schedule a free inspection and repair. Kubota is directly contacting consumers who purchased the riding mowers.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Kubota at (800) 752-0290 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.kubota.com.