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Bush Hog recalls riding lawn mowers

The mower blade can separate from the spindle

Bush Hog of Selma, Ala., is recalling about 500 Bush Hog HDE riding lawn mowers.

The mower blade can separate from the spindle, posing a laceration hazard to the operator or bystanders.

The firm has received two reports of blade disengagement during product demonstrations. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Bush Hog Zero Turn Radius (ZTR) HDE riding lawn mowers sold in black with gray wheels and gray rollover protection structures (ROPs). HDE is printed on the left side of the unit beneath the seat.

The mowers were manufactured on or before August 4, 2017. The manufacturing date is located on a plate on the right rear frame, underneath the fender. The 15-digit serial number includes the manufacture date in digits 9-11.

Recalled mowers have a date code that represents the number of days since the beginning of the calendar year of 001 through 216 (January 1 through August 4).

Mowers with a yellow bolt fastening the blade to the spindle have already been repaired.

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Bush Hog dealers nationwide from February 2017, to September 2017, for between $6,200 and $7,200.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn mowers and contact a Bush Hog dealer to arrange for a free repair.

Consumers may contact Bush Hog toll-free at 877-873-0145 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday, or online at www.bushhog.com and click “Bush Hog Safety & Recall” for more information.

Bush Hog of Selma, Ala., is recalling about 500 Bush Hog HDE riding lawn mowers.The mower blade can separate from the spindle, posing a laceration haza...

Hongkong Sun Rise Trading recalls cordless electric lawn mowers

The mower's circuit board can short circuit and catch fire

Hongkong Sun Rise Trading is recalling about 28,000 cordless electric lawn mowers.

The mower's circuit board can short circuit and catch fire, posing a fire hazard to users.

The firm has received reports of 12 incidents with the recalled lawn mowers including five reports of fires. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Kobalt and Greenworks brands of cordless electric walk-behind lawn mowers.

The recalled lawn mowers have four wheels (two smaller ones in the front and two larger ones in the back), a 40-volt max lithium ion battery and a deck width of 20 inches. Both have a large label on the rear bag door area with a serial number, model number and date code.

The Kobalt brand mowers also have an item number on the label. “Kobalt” or “Greenworks” is printed on the side of the bag.

The following models are included in the recall:

Brand

Product

Colors

Model Number

Item Number

Date Codes

Kobalt

40-volt max cordless dual-blade push lawn mower

Blue and black

KM2040X-06

506586

04/14/14 to 05/14/15

Greenworks G-MAX

40-volt twin force cordless electric push lawn mower

Green and black

25302

N/A

04/10/14 to 07/17/15

 

The mowers, manufactured in China, were sold at Lowe’s and other retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Lowes.com and other websites from May 2014, through July 2016, for about $350.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn mowers, remove the battery and contact Hongkong Sun Rise Trading for a free repair.

Consumers may contact Hongkong Sun Rise Trading toll-free at 888-266-7096 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) any day or online at www.greenworkstools.com and click on “Important Safety Notice” at the bottom of the page for more information.

 

 

Hongkong Sun Rise Trading is recalling about 28,000 cordless electric lawn mowers.The mower's circuit board can short circuit and catch fire, posing a...

Country Home Products recalls field & brush mowers

The fuel tank may expand and leak gasoline liquid or vapors

Country Home Products of Vergennes, Vt., is recalling about 830 field & brush mowers.

The fuel tank valve can malfunction and cause the fuel tank to expand and gasoline liquid or vapors to be unexpectedly released, posing fire and burn hazards.

The firm has received 10 reports of fires, including one report of a burn injury to a consumer’s hand.

This recall involves the Pro-XL-44 model of the DR brand tow-behind field and brush mower manufactured by Country Home Products. The mowers are towed behind a riding mower or ATV to clear acres of thick grass and brush.

The recalled mowers have an electric start 20 HP Briggs & Stratton engine and a serial number between TB21001001 – TB21002555. The recalled mowers are black and orange and have two blades and four wheels and are 44 inches wide.

There is a large label below the machine’s fuel tank that with “DR Field and Brush Mower” printed on it and a round DR logo is in the right hand corner. The serial number is printed on the rear right corner of the frame near the engine control panel.

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Country Home Products catalog, website and authorized independent DR dealers nationwide from October 2015, through July 2016, for about $3,600.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact Country Home Products to schedule a free repair from a dealer. Country Home Products is sending a repair kit to all registered owners.

Consumers may contact Country Home Products toll-free at 877-271-5677 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, by email at tbmrecall@chp.com or online at www.DRPower.com and click on “Product Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.

 

 

Country Home Products of Vergennes, Vt., is recalling about 830 field & brush mowers.The fuel tank valve can malfunction and cause the fuel tank to exp...

Country Home Products recalls leaf and lawn vacuums

The muffler can overheat and melt the air cleaner cover

Country Home Products of Vergennes, Vt., is recalling about 3,900 Pro leaf and lawn vacuums.

The muffler can overheat and melt the air cleaner cover, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

The firm has received 20 reports of the vacuums becoming hot to the touch, melting or catching fire. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Premier, Pro and Pro-XL models of the tow-behind DR leaf and lawn vacuums manufactured by Country Home Products.

Recalled units have a serial number between LLV34601 and LLV39980. The leaf and lawn vacuums are towed behind a riding lawnmower to collect leaves and are tan and black in color with a set of two wheels on each side.

The DR logo with “Professional Power Done Right” and “leaf and lawn vacuum” are printed on the side of the vacuum. The serial number is located on the left side of the tow bar near the engine. 

 

Model

Serial Number

Gallons

Engine

Premier

 

 

 

LLV34601 through LLV39980

200

Electric start using the R225 engine

Pro

321

Both manual starts and electric starts using the R300 engine

Pro-XL

321

Both manual starts and electric starts versions using the R390 engine

The vacuums, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Country Home Products catalog, website and authorized dealers nationwide, including Tractor Supply Company, from August 2014, through September 2015, for between $1,300 and $2,200.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled leaf and lawn vacuums and contact Country Home Products to receive a free repair kit that contains a replacement muffler and instructions for completing the repair.

Consumers unable to install the repair kit should contact the firm for information on authorized dealers who can install the free repair.

Country Home Products is contacting all purchasers directly.

Consumers may contact Country Home Products toll-free at 877-220-0691 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, by email at vacrecall@chp.com or online at www.DRPower.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

 

 

Country Home Products of Vergennes, Vt., is recalling about 3,900 Pro leaf and lawn vacuums.The muffler can overheat and melt the air cleaner cover, po...

Husqvarna recalls lawn mowers

The engine and blades may continue to operate when they should shut down

Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling about 235,000 lawn mowers sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The operator presence control bar can malfunction and cause the engine and blades to continue to operate when they should shut off, posing a laceration hazard to the operator.

The firm has received 53 reports of the engine not shutting off after the operator presence control bar was released. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Husqvarna, Poulan Pro, Jonsered, Craftsman, Yardworks, Murray, and Brute brand walk-behind gas powered lawn mowers with Briggs & Stratton 7.25 HP engines.

The mowers were sold in red, orange, blue and yellow/black colors and have either four similar-sized wheels or two larger rear wheels and two smaller front wheels, a long handle with an operator presence control bar that is pushed down towards the mower handle to start the engine, a mowing deck, and may have come with or without a collecting bag in the rear.

The brand names are printed on the mowers, and a Briggs & Stratton logo is printed on the engine shield. The mower model and serial number can be found on the rear of the mowing deck, next to the rear wheel.

The following model and serial numbers are included in the recall:

 

Brand

Model Name

Serial Number Range

Brute

961480058

110115M00001 - 082516M50000

Craftsman

10176

10178

37275

37489

Husqvarna

LB155S

LC121P

HU725AWDEX

HU725AWDH

HU725AWDHQ

Jonsered

LM 2153CMDA

LM 2155MD

LM 2153CMDA

Murray

21P68H30

Poulan Pro

961320100

961420133

PR675Y22RHPE

PR725Y22RHP

961490006

Yardworks

961380047

961480057

 

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Lowe’s, Sears and other hardware stores, home centers and equipment dealers nationwide from November 2015, through August 2016, for between $250 and $450.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn mowers and contact Husqvarna or go to http://husqvarna.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1255/ to determine if their unit needs a free repair.

Consumers may contact Husqvarna toll-free at 877-257-6921 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, by email at recalls@husqvarna.com or online at http://husqvarna.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1255/ for more information.

 

 

Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling about 235,000 lawn mowers sold in the U.S. and Canada.The operator presence contro...

John Deere recalls lawn and garden tractors

The reverse implement option (RIO) system can fail, posing a laceration hazard

Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 5,500 lawn and garden tractors in the U.S. and Canada.

 

The reverse implement option (RIO) system can fail, posing a laceration hazard to bystanders. RIO is a safety system that shuts off power to the mower blades when the machine is placed into reverse.

 

No incidents or injuries are reported.

 

This recall involves John Deere models X710, X730, X734, X738, and X739 lawn and garden tractors with serial numbers beginning with 1M0X. A complete list of serial numbers included in this recall is available on the firm’s website.

 

The lawn and garden tractors have “John Deere” printed on the side and are green and yellow with yellow rims. The model number is on both sides of the engine hood. The serial number is located on the right side, below the foot rest.

 

The tractors, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at John Deere independent dealers nationwide from December 2015, through July 2016, for between $8,800 and $11,700.

 

What to do

 

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled tractors and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair. John Deere is contacting all registered owners of the recalled lawn and garden tractors directly.

 

Consumers may contact Deere & Company at 800-537-8233 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ET) or online at www.deere.com and click on “Recall Information” on the drop-down menu under “Services & Support” for more information.

 

 

Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 5,500 lawn and garden tractors in the U.S. and Canada. The reverse implement option (RIO) syste...

John Deere recalls zero turn lawn mowers

A fuel hose could have been cut during manufacturing

Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 150 John Deere zero-turn lawn mowers.

 

A fuel hose could have been cut during manufacturing, allowing fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard.

 

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

 

This recall involves John Deere models Z445, Z645, Z655, and Z665 zero-turn mowers with serial numbers beginning with 1GXZ, manufactured from August 10, 2015 through September 9, 2015. A complete list of serial numbers included in this recall is on the firm’s website.

 

The mowers are green and yellow with yellow wheels. The model number is on the front of the machine, near the operator footrest. The serial number is located behind the seat, in front of the engine.

 

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at John Deere independent dealers nationwide from August 2015, through November 2015, for between $4,800 and $6,500.

 

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled zero-turn lawn mowers and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair. After identifying four reports of cut fuel hoses during the manufacturing process, John Deere is contacting all registered owners of the recalled lawn mowers directly.

 

Consumers may contact Deere and Company at (800) 537-8233 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ET) or online at www.deere.com then click on USA, then select Product Recall Information on the drop-down menu under Services & Support for more information.

 

 

Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 150 John Deere zero-turn lawn mowers. A fuel hose could have been cut during manufacturing, all...

Toro TimeCutter riding mowers recalled

The mowers' fuel filters can become brittle and fractured

The Toro Company of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling about 9,000 2015 TimeCutter riding mowers in the U.S. and Canada.

 

The fuel filters on the mowers can become brittle and fractured, allowing fuel to leak and posing a fire hazard.

 

The firm has reported five incidents of fuel leaking. No injuries have been reported.

 

The 2015 TimeCutter riding mowers are red and black, with a gray seat. “TORO” is printed on the front and sides of the mower. A black and white “TIMECUTTER” decal is located in front of the operator seat. The model number and serial number are located on a decal affixed to the frame, under the seat.

 

The following models are being recalled:

 

Model Number

Serial Number Range

74710

315000876 - 315002048

74720

315000101 - 315003342

74731

315000152 - 315000437

74750

315000101 - 315001155

74780

315000101 - 315001700

74781

315000101 - 315000150

74784

315000340 - 315001172

74787

315000403 - 315000437

74790

315000178 - 315000320
315001400 - 315001493

74797

315000624 - 315000698

 

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Home Depot and other hardware, lawn and garden stores nationwide from November 2014, through October 2015, for about $3,400.

 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact the nearest Toro dealer to schedule a free repair. Consumers with registered machines will receive a letter and a fuel filter, and may contact a Toro Dealer if they are uncomfortable with the replacement procedure.

 

Consumers may contact Toro toll-free at 844-521-2384 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday or online at https://www.toro.com/en/product-safety-information/product-recall-information for more information.

 

 

The Toro Company of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling about 9,000 2015 TimeCutter riding mowers in the U.S. and Canada. The fuel filters on the mowe...

Exmark recalls Quest riding mowers

The mowers' fuel filters can become brittle and fractured

Exmark Manufacturing of Beatrice, Neb., is recalling about 500 2015 Quest riding mowers in the U.S. and Canada.

 

The fuel filters on the mowers can become brittle and fractured, allowing fuel to leak and posing a fire hazard.

 

The firm has reported one incident of fuel leaking. No injuries have been reported.

 

The 2015 Quest riding mowers are red, black and gray. “Exmark” is printed on the sides and in front of the operator seat. “Quest” is printed on the front of the riding mowers. The model number and serial number are located on a decal affixed to the frame, under the seat.

 

The recalled mode number is QTS452CEM34200. Quest mower has serial numbers ranging from 315606482 to 315628458.

 

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at hardware, lawn and garden stores nationwide from November 2014, through October 2015, for about $3,700.

 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact an Exmark dealer to schedule a free repair. Consumers with registered mowers will receive a letter and a fuel filter, and may contact an Exmark Dealer if they are uncomfortable with the replacement procedure.

 

Consumers may contact Exmark toll-free at 800-667-5296 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday or online at http://www.exmark.com/Service-And-Support/Recalls/ for more information.

 

 

Exmark Manufacturing of Beatrice, Neb., is recalling about 500 2015 Quest riding mowers in the U.S. and Canada. The fuel filters on the mowers can ...

STIHL recalls lawn and landscaping equipment

The gasoline tank vent can become dislodged and cause fuel to leak

STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va., is recalling about 156,000 gas-powered edgers, trimmer/brushcutters, pole pruners and KombiMotors in the U.S. and Canada.

 

The gasoline tank vent can become dislodged due to incorrect factory installation and cause fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard.

 

The company has received 319 reports of the fuel tank vents coming loose and fuel leaking. No fires or injuries have been reported.

 

This recall involves STIHL edgers with model number FC 56 C, trimmer/brushcutters with model numbers FS 40 C, FS 50 C, FS 56 C and FS 56 RC, pole pruners with model number HT 56 C and KombiMotors with model number KM 56 RC. The model number is located on the starter cover at the rear of the engine. The engine size is about 28 cc.

 

The products are gray and orange with “STIHL” on the engine cover. The serial number range for all of the recalled units is 501830112 through 504083576. The serial number is located on the label on the bottom of the engine.

 

The equipment, manufactured in the U.S., was sold at authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from November 2014, through September 2015, for between $200 and $400.

 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free inspection and repair.

 

Consumers may contact STIHL at 800-610-6677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, by email at stihlrecall@stihl.us or online at http://www.stihlusa.com/information/recalls/gasoline-tank-vent/.

 

 

STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va., is recalling about 156,000 gas-powered edgers, trimmer/brushcutters, pole pruners and KombiMotors in the U.S. and Canad...

Shivvers recalls Country Clipper lawn mowers

The gas cap threads do not align with threads of the fuel tanks opening

Shivvers Manufacturing of Corydon, Iowa, is recalling about 450 riding lawn mowers.

 

The gas cap threads do not align with threads of the fuel tanks opening, which can allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard.

 

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

 

This recall involves Edge, Edge XLT and Wrangler lawn mowers. The red riding lawn mowers have a gray seat with a foam cushion, black arm rests and either black or gray joystick or twin lever steering. “Country Clipper” and the model name appear in black letters on the front under the seat and on the sides of the lawn mower.

 

Recalled Country Clipper model numbers are as follows:

 

 
Edge  Edge XLT Wrangler
 2348KOJ-410 2448KAJ-455 1841KAJ-140
 2452KAJ-410 2452KAJ-455 2348KOJ-140
 2652KOJ-410 1452KAT-455 2352KOJ-140
 21548KAJ-410 2460KAJ-455 21548KAJ-140
  2460KAT-455 21552KAJ-140
  2648KOJ-455 
  2652KOJ-455 
  2660KOZJ-455 
 

 

The model number is located on a silver metal plate on the mower’s side rail.

 

The lawn mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Country Clipper lawn mower dealerships nationwide from June 2015, to September 2015, for between $4,000 and $6,600.

 

Consumers should immediately stop using the lawn mowers and contact a Country Clipper Dealer to schedule a free repair. Shivvers is contacting owners of the recalled lawn mowers directly.

 

Consumers may contact Country Clipper at 800-344-8237 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.countryclipper.com for more information.  

 

 

Shivvers Manufacturing of Corydon, Iowa, is recalling about 450 riding lawn mowers. The gas cap threads do not align with threads of the fuel tanks openin...

Scag Power Equipment recalls lawn mowers

The gas tank can leak

Scag Power Equipment, a division of Metalcraft of Maryville, of Maryville, Wisc., is recalling about 4,400 Scag Liberty-Z zero-turn lawn mowers.

 

The gas tank can leak, posing a fire hazard.

 

The company has received five reports of gas tank leaks on the mowers. No injuries have been reported.

 

This recall involves two Scag Liberty-Z zero-turn lawn mowers: model SZL48-22KT with serial numbers K7100001 through K7102353 and model SZL52-24KT with serial numbers K7200001 through K7202020. The model and serial numbers are printed on a vertical plate under the mower’s seat.

 

“Scag” in red letters, “Liberty Z” in white letters and a blue “Z” are printed on a plate below the front of the seat. The mowers have an orange base with two orange and black steering handles. The mowers also have two large black with orange rim wheels in the back of the mower and two smaller black with orange rim wheels in the front of the mower.

 

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Scag Power Equipment authorized dealers nationwide from October 2014, through May 2015, for about $4,500.

 

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled lawn mowers and contact Scag Power Equipment or an authorized dealer for a free repair. Scag Power Equipment authorized dealers have contacted all known owners.

 

Consumers may contact Scag Power Equipment toll-free at 844-491-4859 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.scag.com.

 

 

Scag Power Equipment, a division of Metalcraft of Maryville, of Maryville, Wisc., is recalling about 4,400 Scag Liberty-Z zero-turn lawn mowers. The gas t...

John Deere recalls riding lawn tractors

The brake arm can fail, posing a crash hazard

Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 2,070 John Deere lawn tractors.

 

The brake arm can fail, posing a crash hazard that could result in serious injury or death.

 

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

 

This recall involves John Deere models D110, D125, D130, D140, D155, D160 and D170 lawn tractors with serial numbers beginning with 1GXD. The model number is printed on the bottom left and right of the hood in yellow. The brand name is printed on top left and right of the hood in black. The serial number is located on the on the left side of tractor, under the fender, above the left rear tire.

 

The tractors, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and other John Deere dealers nationwide from May 2015, through August 2015, for between $1,700 and $2,700.

 

Consumers should stop using the recalled lawn tractors immediately and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair. John Deere is also contacting all registered owners of the recalled lawn tractors directly.

 

Consumers may contact Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233 from 8 am – 6 pm (ET) Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET or online at www.deere.com and select Product Recall Information on the drop-down menu under Services & Support for more information.  

 

 

Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 2,070 John Deere lawn tractors. The brake arm can fail, posing a crash hazard that could result in ser...

Briggs & Stratton recalls Simplicity riding mowers and garden tractors

The chute deflector can fail to prevent projectiles from being expelled

Briggs & Stratton of Wauwatosa, Wis., is recalling about 2,800 Simplicity riding mowers, garden tractors and mower decks.

 

The chute deflector can fail to prevent projectiles from being expelled, posing a risk of injury to consumers.

 

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

 

This recall involves orange Simplicity brand zero turn riding mowers, mower deck attachments and garden tractors. Mower deck sizes range from 44 to 54 inches. The Simplicity logo is on the side of the mower or garden tractor.

 

Mowers and garden tractors with the following model and serial numbers are being recalled:

 

 Model Serial Number      Range        
 1695058 2016939034 – 2017048430
 1696445 2016943253 – 2017107153
 1696446 2016933459 – 2017114841
 1696459 2017100601 – 2017100603
 2691175 2016825203 – 2017125081
 2691176 2016869892 – 2017114891
 2691179 2016893089 – 2017100633
 2691224 2016905124 – 2017114535
 2691280 2016969131 – 2017104015
 5901269 2016868431 – 2016869752
 

The model and serial numbers are located on the frame near the front tires or on the frame rail below the seat.

 

The lawn equipment, manufactured in the U.S., was sold at Briggs & Stratton dealers nationwide from August 2014, through May 2015, for between $3,600 and $16,000.

 

Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately and contact a Briggs & Stratton dealer to schedule a free repair.

 

Consumers may contact Briggs & Stratton at (800) 227-3798 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday.

 

 

Briggs & Stratton of Wauwatosa, Wis., is recalling about 2,800 Simplicity riding mowers, garden tractors and mower decks. The chute deflector can fail to ...

Husqvarna recalls lawn and garden tillers

The tiller may unintentionally move forward or backward

Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling about 24,000 lawn and garden tillers.

 

The tiller’s transmission shift rod and clip can come into contact with the control cable during shifting and cause the tiller to unintentionally move forward or backward, posing a risk of bodily injury and/or laceration.

 

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

 

This recall involves Ariens, Husqvarna, Jonsered and Poulan Pro brand rear tine tillers used for plowing, cultivation and ridging gardens and lawns. The tillers have an engine to power the wheels and the rear tines, an operator handle with forward and reverse transmission and tilling widths ranging from 17 to 19 inches.

 

The brand name is printed on the side of the tiller. They were sold in red, orange and yellow/black colors. The following model and serial numbers are included in the recall:

 

Brand Name Model NumberSerial Number Range
 Ariens A600DRT
HusqvarnaCRT900, CRT900L, DRT900, DRT900E, DRT900H

101514MXXXXX

through

053115MXXXXX

 JonseredJ208C14, J208D14
Poulan ProPRRT900

 

The tillers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at hardware stores, home centers and independent outdoor power equipment dealers from October 2014, through May 2015, for between $600 and $850.

 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tillers and return it to the nearest Husqvarna dealer for a free repair.

 

Consumers may contact Husqvarna toll free at (877) 257-6921 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, or by email at recalls@husqvarna.com.

 

 

Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling about 24,000 lawn and garden tillers. The tiller’s transmission shift rod and clip ca...

Great States recalls Earthwise cordless electric lawn mowers

The mower can start when the key is not in the starting position

The Great States Corporation of Shelbyville, Ind., is recalling about 1,200 cordless 17-inch electric lawn mowers.

 

The mower can start when the key is not in the starting position, posing an injury hazard to the user.

 

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

 

This recall involves Earthwise cordless electric push lawn mowers with a 17-inch mowing deck. The recalled mowers have a silver motor housing and deck with a side discharge chute, a black foldable handle and a bright green bail lever, height adjustment lever and handle knobs.

 

The mowers have a 24-volt removable, rechargeable battery. Brand name “Earthwise” and “17” appear on the front of the mowers. Model number 60517 is on the name plate on the back of the motor cover.

 

The mowers, manufactured in China, were sold at Menards stores, Seventh Avenue catalogs and online at PowerSales.com and SeventhAvenue.com from January 2014, to May 2014, for about $250.

 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled electric mowers, remove the battery and contact Great States Corporation for a replacement mower.

 

Consumers may contact Great States Corporation at (800) 633-1501 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or by email at sales@reelin.com.

 

The Great States Corporation of Shelbyville, Ind., is recalling about 1,200 cordless 17-inch electric lawn mowers. The mower can start when the key is not...

Bob-Cat recalls Zero Turn mowers

The steering control arm component can break under normal use

Bob-Cat is recalling about 4,900 Zero Turn riding mowers.

The steering control arm component can break under normal use, causing driver to lose control and crash.

There have been 22 reports of control arm failure, including failure during use and initial set-up. There have been no reports of injuries.

The CRZ and XRZ model riding mowers have a chassis with an adjustable10-gauge green steel mower deck. The frame, fuel tank, engine compartment and side discharge chute are made of black metal and plastic components.

The mowers have four black wheels, two user-operated lever-arm controls and a gray adjustable high-back seat. The mowers range in size from 76 inches to 79 inches long and 45 inches high. The words “Bob Cat” appear in red lettering on the front of the mower and on top of the mower deck, and in a red and white designed logo on the sides of the mower. The words “TufDeck” and “Professional Cut” appear in white lettering on the front face of the mower deck.

The recalled mowers are: 

CRZ 48-inchmodel number 942699serial numbers 94260000070-94260001236
CZR 52-inchmodel number 942601serial numbers 94260100070-94260101722
CZR 61-inchmodel number 942602serial numbers 94260200070-94260200545
XRZ 48-inchmodel number 942610serial numbers 94261000070-94261000390
XRZ 52-inchmodel number 942611serial numbers 94261100070-94261100709
XRZ 61-inchmodel number 942612serial numbers 94261200070-94261200342

The plate containing the serial and model number is located under the seat on the frame cross-member.

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S, were sold at Bob-Cat dealerships nationwide from January 2013, to April 2014, for $4,500 to $5,200.

The mowers should be returned to the dealer where purchased for free repairs with a newly designed control arm component. Consumers who completed the warranty registration card were contacted directly by Schiller Grounds Care, Inc, with instructions for obtaining the repair.

Consumers may contact Bob-Cat toll free at (866) 469-1242 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Bob-Cat is recalling about 4,900 Zero Turn riding mowers. The steering control arm component can break under normal use, causing driver to lose control an...

Briggs & Stratton recalls Snapper rear engine riding mowers

The weld on the drive axle can fail resulting in loss of brake control

Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group of Milwaukee, Wis., is recalling about 8,500 Snapper rear engine riding mowers.

The weld on the drive axle can fail resulting in loss of brake control, posing an injury hazard.

The company has received two reports of brake failure, related to failed weld. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves 6 models of Briggs & Stratton Snapper rear engine riding mowers. The mowers are red with a black fuel tank, steering wheel and seat. The name Snapper is printed on both sides of the mower. The model and serial numbers are on a label on the engine platform under the right side of the seat.

The following models and serial number ranges are included: 

Model NumberSerial Number Range
78009182016447188 - 2016485206
78009202016443919 - 2016568930
78009322016462619 - 2016481454
78009502016611952 - 2016766052
78009512016624456 - 2016765000
78009542016603229 - 2016775752
The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Family Farm stores, Power Equipment Direct and Briggs & Stratton Snapper dealers nationwide from April 2013 through May 2014 for between $1,300 and $2,000.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact an authorized Snapper service dealer for a free repair.

Consumers may contact Briggs & Stratton Corporation at (800) 935-2967 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

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Craftsman push mowers recalled

The engine control/bail lever on the handle can fail

Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling about 700 Craftsman 21-inch 3-in-1 high-wheel gas-powered push mowers.

The engine control/bail lever on the handle can fail, allowing the engine to run and the blades to rotate, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Craftsman 3-in-1 high-wheel, gas-powered, push mowers equipped with Honda GCV160 engines and a 21-inch deck. The mowers have a black engine control/bail lever, engine shroud and deck with 12-inch rear wheels and a gray cloth clipping bag.

The Craftsman logo and "GCV 160" are on the top front of the engine shroud. "Honda" is on the top of the pull cord housing cover. The Craftsman logo is also stamped into the rear discharge chute cover and printed on the sides of the clipping bag. "Dust Blocker" and "EZ Empty Bag" are printed on the top of the clipping bag. The first six numerals of the serial number are the manufacture date in the MMDDYY format.

The recalled mowers were manufactured between April 2014 (04xx14) and June 2014.

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold exclusively at Orchard Supply Hardware stores from June 2014 to July 2014 for about $300.

Consumers should immediately stop using the mower and contact the Husqvarna for a free repair. The company is contacting consumers directly.

Consumers may contact Husqvarna toll-free at (877) 257-6921 Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET.

Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling about 700 Craftsman 21-inch 3-in-1 high-wheel gas-powered push mowers. The ...

Shivvers recalls Country Clipper riding lawn mowers

The ignition module can fail to ground, resulting in overheating and melting

Shivvers Manufacturing of Corydon, Iowa is recalling about 2,011 riding lawn mowers in the U.S. and Canada.

The ignition module can fail to ground, resulting in overheating and melting, posing a fire hazard.

The company has received reports of four lawn mower ignition modules overheating and melting. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves model year 2012, 2013 and 2014 Country Clipper riding lawn mowers. The recalled mowers are equipped with 27-horsepower Kohler Command CV740 or Kohler Courage SV740 twin cylinder engines.

The Command engine is dark gray and has the name and model number on a label on the side of the engine near the air filter. The Courage engine has a black engine shroud and has the name and model number on the top of the shroud. The recalled mowers are steered by either a joystick or two steering arms.

The recalled mowers were manufactured from October 2011, to May 2014, and include the model names Challenger, Charger, Edge, Jazee, Jazee Pro and Jazee Pro DLX.

The following model years and model numbers are recalled: 

Model Year 2012

Model Year 2013

Model Year 2014

2748KOJ-SR225

2752KOJ-SR400

2752KOJ-505

2748KOJ-SR375

2752KOJ-SR500

2752KOT-505

2748KOT-SR225

2752KOT-SR400

2760KOJ-505

2752KOJ-SR225

2752KOT-SR500

2760KOJ-1035

2752KOJ-SR375

2760KOJ-SR400

2760KOJ-1505

2752KOJL-SR375

2760KOJ-SR500

2760KOT-505

2752KOT-SR225

2760KOJ-SR1030

2760KOT-1035

2752KOT-SR375

2760KOJ-SR1500

2760KOT-1505

2760KOHJ-SR375

2760KOT-SR400

 

2760KOHT-SR375

2760KOT-SR500

 

2760KOJ-SR375

2760KOT-SR1030

 

2760KOJ-SR1025

2760KOT-SR1500

 

2760KOJ-SR1220

 

 

2760KOJ-SR1220L

 

 

2760KOT-SR375

 

 

2760KOT-SR1025

 

 

2760KOT-SR1220

 

 

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Country Clipper lawn mower dealers nationwide from October 2011, to May 2014, for between $5,300 and $9,500.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn mowers and contact a Country Clipper dealer to schedule a free repair.

Consumers may contact Country Clipper at (800) 344-8237 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Shivvers Manufacturing of Corydon, Iowa is recalling about 2,011 riding lawn mowers in the U.S. and Canada. The ignition module can fail to ground, result...

Exmark recalls Quest ZRT riding mowers

The riding mower’s steering assembly can fail

Exmark Manufacturing of Beatrice, Neb., is recalling about 5,300 Quest ZRT riding mowers in the U.S. and Canada.

The riding mower’s steering assembly can fail and cause riders to lose steering, posing a crash hazard.

There have been nine incidents with the riding mowers, including one back injury.

This recall involves 2009 and 2010 model year Exmark Quest ZRT mid-mount riding mowers. The mowers are red and gray. Exmark is printed on the side and Quest is printed on the front of the riding mowers. The model and serial numbers are on a metal plate behind the seat on the left hand side. The following models and serial number ranges are included: 

Recalled Exmark Quest ZRT Riding Mowers

Model number

Serial number range

Size of mowing deck

QST20BE422

814303 through 891973

42 inches

QST22BE482

803664 through 895485

48 inches

QST24BE522

810131 through 887319

52 inches

About 2,200 Quest 2009 and 2010 ZRT riding mowers were recalled in May 2012 for a different hazard.

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at hardware, lawn and garden, rental equipment stores and others nationwide from April 2009, through October 2010, for between $4,600 and $6,000.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact an Exmark dealer for a free repair.

Consumers may contact Exmark at (800) 667-5296 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Exmark Manufacturing of Beatrice, Neb., is recalling about 5,300 Quest ZRT riding mowers. The riding mower’s steering assembly can fail and cause riders t...

Excel recalls BigDog and Hustler mowers

The mower may to continue to move without an operator present

Excel Industries of Hesston, Kan., is recalling about 3,700 Hustler and BigDog riding mowers.

The seat switch can fail to detect that the rider has left the seat, allowing the mower to continue to operate, posing a risk of injury.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the BigDog and Hustler brand riding mowers. The BigDog mower is red with a grey seat and a black roll bar. The words BigDog Diablo are printed below the front of the seat and on the sides of the mower.

The Hustler mowers are yellow with grey seats, have “Hustler” on the front of the footrest and say FastTrak, FastTrakSD or RaptorSD in red on the yellow bar below the front of the seat. The FastTrak and FastTrakSD mowers have a black roll bar. All mowers have right and left steering handles.

The recalled mowers have serial numbers between 13082168 and 14012774 for the BigDog R Diablo, between 13081106 and 14013675 for FastTrak, between 13081129 and 14013689 for FasTrakSD and between 13081376 and 14013882 for Hustler RaptorSD. The serial number appears on a tag located on the left side of the seat platform in front of the fender.

The mowers, manufactured in Kansas, were sold at BigDog and Hustler dealers nationwide from August 2013, to January 2014, for about $4,600 to $8,050.

Consumers should stop using the mower immediately and contact their dealers to schedule an appointment to receive a free seat repair.

Consumers may contact Excel Industries collect at (316) 327-1345 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Excel Industries of Hesston, Kan., is recalling about 3,700 Hustler and BigDog riding mowers. The seat switch can fail to detect that the rider has left t...

American Honda recalls lawnmowers

The engine stop switch can malfunction allowing the blade to continue to rotate

American Honda Motor Company of Torrance, Calif., is recalling about 24,000 walk-behind 21” lawnmowers in the U.S. and Canada.

The engine stop switch can malfunction allowing the blade to continue to rotate after the handlebar blade control lever is released, posing a laceration hazard.

Honda has received 11 reports of the lawnmower’s blade continuing to rotate after the handlebar control lever was released. No injuries were reported.

This recall involves two Honda models and one Columbia brand electric start lawnmowers with Honda engines and 21” cutting blades. The Honda lawnmowers are red and silver (HRR) and red and gray (HRX). Both have “Honda” on the engine cover. The model and serial numbers are located on the certification label that is affixed to the cutter housing deck behind the engine. Honda recalled lawnmowers are: 

Honda Models

Serial Number Range

HRR2169VLA

MZCG-8764914  ~  MZCG-8824353

HRX2174VLA

MAGA-2255148  ~  MAGA-2260227

The Columbia brand lawnmower, model number 12ALD33Q897, comes in orange and black. “Honda” is printed on the engine cover. The Honda engine serial number is located on a label on the back of the engine. It is also stamped into the engine block adjacent to the oil filler cap/dipstick. A range of affected Honda engines installed in Columbia brand lawnmowers sold in the U.S. follows:

Columbia Model

Honda Engine Serial Number Range

1A313KC0835

GJARA 3641724  through  GJARA 3642215

The Honda brand lawnmowers were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers and Home Depot stores nationwide from January 2013, through December 2013, for between $580 and $780.

Columbia brand lawnmowers were sold at Beaver Valley Supply, Denver, Colo; Lawn Equipment Parts Co, Inc., Marietta, Penn. and at Smiths South-Central Sales Co., Spring Hill, La. from January 2013, through December 2013, for $500.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawnmowers. Honda model owners should contact a Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule a free repair. Columbia model owners should contact a Honda Engine dealer to schedule a free repair. American Honda is contacting all registered customers directly.

Consumers may contact American Honda toll-free at (888) 888-3139 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. For Columbia brand lawnmowers see www.engines.honda.com and click on Recalls/Updates.

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Exmark Recalls Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers

The mower’s blade can break

Exmark Manufacturing Company of Beatrice, Neb., is recalling about 7,200 Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers in the U.S. And Canada.

The mower’s blade can break and injure the user and others nearby.

No incidents or injuries have bee reported.

This recall involves 2013 Exmark Commercial 30” Walk-Behind Mowers, model ECKA30 and serial numbers ranging from 313605897 to 313660824. The phrases “Commercial 30” and “Exmark” are printed on the front of the black and red mower. “Exmark” is also printed on the side of the mower. The model and serial numbers are located on a decal affixed to the engine base above the left rear tire.

The mowers, manufactured in Mexico, were sold at Exmark dealers nationwide from November 2012, through October 2013, for about $1,800.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact Exmark for a free repair.

Consumers may contact Exmark at (800) 667-5296 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Exmark Manufacturing Company of Beatrice, Neb., is recalling about 7,200 Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers in the U.S. And Canada. The mower’s blade can break...

Toro Recalls TimeMaster and TurfMaster lawn mowers

The mower’s blade can break

The Toro Company of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling about 36,100 TimeMaster and TurfMaster lawn mowers.

The mower’s blade can break and injure the user and others nearby. Toro has received ten reports of blades breaking. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves 2013 Toro TimeMaster 30” and 2013 Toro TurfMaster 30” lawn mowers with the following model and serial numbers: Model number 20199 with serial numbers ranging from 313000101 to 313020271; model number 20200 with serial numbers ranging from 313000101 to 313007366; and, model number 22200 with serial numbers ranging from 313000101 to 313007146. The phrases “TimeMaster” or “TurfMaster” and “Toro” are printed on the front of the black and red mower. “Toro” is also printed on the side of the mower. The model and serial numbers are located on a decal affixed to the engine base above the left rear tire.

The mowers, manufactured in Mexico, were sold at Toro dealers nationwide from November 2012, through October 2013, for between $999 and $1,799.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact Toro for a free repair.

Consumers may contact Toro toll-free at (855) 340-7686 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

The Toro Company of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling about 36,100 TimeMaster and TurfMaster lawn mowers. The mower’s blade can break and injure the user a...

John Deere recalls compact utility tractors

The spring locking pins in the rollover protective system (ROPS) can break

Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 7,000 compact utility tractors.

The spring locking pins in the rollover protective system (ROPS) can break and cause the ROPs to fail in the event of a rollover. This presents a risk of serious injury or death to the operator. The company has received three reports of broken spring locking pins and identified two failed spring locking pins in the manufacturing assembly process. There are no reports of injuries.

This recall involves 19 models of John Deere 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 series compact utility tractors manufactured between February 2013 and July 2013. The tractors are green and yellow with a foldable black, metal rollover protection bar that extends above the operator’s head. The model number is on the hood. The serial number is located on the right hand side of the frame above the front axle. Compact utility tractors with serial numbers in the following ranges are included in this recall:

Model NumberVehicle Identification Number Ranges
1023E1LV1023EXXX310006 to 1LV1023EXXX310083
1025R1LV1025RXXX111788 to 1LV1025RXXX116214
2025R1LV2025RXXX110121 to 1LV2025RXXX110202
2032R1LV2032RXXX110008 to 1LV2032RXXX110283
2320H1LV2320HXXX712151 to 1LV2320HXXX712593
2520H1LV2520HXXX811702 to 1LV2520HXXX811703
2720H1LV2720HLCH511543 (Only)
3320H1LV3320HXXX910198 to 1LV3320HXXX910700
3320P1LV3320PXXX910129 to 1LV3320PXXX910299
3520H1LV3520HXXX910239 to 1LV3520HXXX910579
3520P1LV3520PXXX910098 to 1LV3520PXXX910188
3720H1LV3720HXXX910181 to 1LV3720HXXX910429
4120H1LV4120HXXX916152 to 1LV4120HXXX916350
4120P1LV4120PXXX916013 to 1LV4120PXXX916014
4320H1LV4320HXXX916166 to 1LV4320HXXX916420
4320P1LV4320PXXX916036 to 1LV4320PXXX916112
4520H1LV4520HXXX916127 to 1LV4520HXXX916276
4520P1LV4520PXXX916034 to 1LV4520PXXX916135
4720H1LV4720HXXX916129 to 1LV4720HXXX916919

The tractors, manufactured in the U.S, were sold at John Deere dealers nationwide from February 2013, through July 2013, for between $11,500 and $35,700.

Consumers should immediately stop using the compact utility vehicles and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair. John Deere is contacting all registered owners of the recalled compact utility tractors directly.

Consumers may contact Deere and Company at (800) 537-8233, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.   

Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 7,000 compact utility tractors. The spring locking pins in the rollover protective system (ROPS) can b...

Kubota recalls riding mowers

The fuel tank’s pressure relief valve can malfunction, posing a fire hazard

Kubota Manufacturing of America of Gainesville, Ga., is recalling about 8,600 ZG100 Series Zero Turn riding mowers.

The fuel tank’s pressure relief valve can malfunction, causing the tank to expand and rub against the transmission drive belt and drive cooling fan. This can wear a hole in the fuel tank and cause a fuel leak, posing a fire hazard. The firm has received 56 reports of mowers’ fuel tanks leaking. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

This recall involves orange-colored Kubota ZG100 Series Zero Turn riding mowers with the following model and serial numbers:

  • Model ZG124E with serial numbers between 10002 and 12179,
  • Model ZG123S with serial numbers between 10002 and 12505,
  • Model ZG127E with serial numbers between 10002 and 11574, and
  • Model ZG127S with serial numbers between 10003 and 12959.

Kubota is printed on the front of the mower and on the side. The model and serial numbers are printed on the data plate on the left part of the frame near the operator’s foot area.

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at authorized Kubota dealers nationwide from December 2012 through April 2013 for between $5,000 and $6,300.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact Kubota for a free repair. Kubota is contacting its customers directly.

Customers may contact Kubota at (800) 752-0290; from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Kubota Manufacturing of America of Gainesville, Ga., is recalling about 8,600 ZG100 Series Zero Turn riding mowers. The fuel tank’s pressure relief valve...

Toro recalls Zero Turn riding mowers

The idler pulley can rub against the mower's fuel tank, posing a fire hazard

The Toro Co., of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling about 37,000 Z Master Riding Mowers (about 2,600 units were previously recalled in November 2012).

The idler pulley can rub against the mower's fuel tank, posing a fire hazard. Toro has received six reports of incidents. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves 2012 and 2013 Toro Z Master Commercial 2000 Series ZRT riding mowers. The mowers are red and black. "Toro" and "2000 Series" are printed on the side and "Z Master Commercial" on the front of the mowers. When viewed from the operator's seat, the model and serial numbers are on a metal plate located at the front of the mower, below the seat, on the right-hand side.

The following models and corresponding serial numbers are included in this recall:

  • model number 74141 with serial numbers ranging from 312000101 to 312000784 and 313000101 to 313000364;
  • model number 74143 with serial numbers ranging from 312000101 to 312000881 and 313000101 to 313000432; and
  • model number 74145 with serial numbers ranging from 312000101 to 312001178 and 313000101 to 313000443.

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Toro dealers nationwide from January 2012, through April 2013, for between $7,700 and $8,700.

Consumers should stop using the recalled mowers immediately and contact a Toro dealer to schedule a free repair and/or to check if the repair has already been made to the mower. Toro has contacted registered owners of the recalled mowers.

Consumers may contact Toro toll-free at (855) 493-0090, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

The Toro Co., of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling about 37,000 Z Master Riding Mowers (about 2,600 units were previously recalled in the U.S. and 30 in Can...

Are you ready for an electric lawn mower?

These new models cost a lot less to operate and work better to boot

Automakers have begun turning out battery-powered vehicles for eco-friendly drivers, as well as those who hate spending money on gasoline. But it turns out lawn mower manufacturers are slightly ahead of them.

Electric lawnmowers are nothing new, but previous models all got their power through long extension cords that plugged into a wall outlet. Unless you had a postage-sized lawn, or a number of very long extension cords, they weren't very practical.

But the new generation of electric mowers are battery powered and untethered. Once their battery is fully charged, they can handle a good-sized lawn with plenty of power.

More volts usually better

Today's cordless electric mowers use NiCad or lead-acid batteries and can generate 18-36 volts of power. The larger the number of volts, the more mowing you can do between recharges. Most manufacturers say you should be able to mow a one-quarter- to one-third-acre lawn on a single charge.

Not only do the new batteries run longer, many can be recharged hundreds of times before they have to be replaced.

Consumers might be put off, since battery-powered vehicles are much more expensive than their gasoline-powered counterparts. However, battery-powered mowers are comparable in price to good gasoline mowers. Most major manufacturers now offer one or more battery models.

The Black & Decker 18-inch, 36-volt mower lists for $349.97 at Home Depot. The 14-inch, 24-volt Neutron C5, from DR Power, currently lists for $299.99 on the company's website.

Three features

When shopping for an electric mower, there are at least three features that you should keep in mind. The first is the battery. A larger, more powerful battery will be more expensive, but should allow you to cut more grass between charges.

You'll also need to decide whether you will buy a mower that you have to push or one that is self-propelled. You have the same choice when buying a gas-powered mower but with an electric, choosing a self-propelled model may require more frequent charging.

Just as with gas-powered mowers, you can select an electric model that will mulch the clippings. You can also buy a model that collects the clippings in a bag.

Is an electric mower right for you? It depends on the size of your lawn and to some extent, your values. In the past electric mowers were favored by consumers who wanted to create less pollution. With fuel prices as high as they are, many people buying them today are simply trying to save money.

According to a Yale University study, U.S. consumers use more than 600 million gallons of gasoline to mow and trim lawns every year. In the process, they spill about 17 million gallons. Is electric mowing cheaper?

A dime to recharge

According to DR Power, a manufacturer of both gasoline and electric-powered mowers, the cost of mowing is significantly reduced for homeowners who switch to electric mowing. The company says its Neuton Battery Electric Mowers cost just 10 cents to recharge, and a single charge is sufficient for mowing lawns up to one-third of an acre.

“Battery mowers are ideal for smaller lawns, where expected run times are lower and the grass is mowed more frequently,” said Joe Perrotto, President of Neuton Power Equipment. “Where battery mowers have a hard time is on acre-plus lawns or on off-lawn conditions which require a longer mowing time or more power to get the job done. For those jobs, it’s hard to beat gas power. Even with battery technology advancement, I doubt that battery mowers will overtake gas mower sales in my lifetime, but for the sake of our environment, I hope that they do.”

Electric mowers are also easier to maintain. The drop-in/lift-out battery design on most models makes "refueling" easier and push-button starting takes the strain off your arms and back.

Perhaps because of that, industry reports show sales of electric lawn care equipment are on the rise and project they will continue to account for a growing share of the country's lawn-care equipment sales.

While maintenance is easier with an electric mower, there is still maintenance. After each use the battery should be fully charged. When mowing, you shouldn't completely drain the battery before recharging, since that can significantly reduce storage capacity.

Electric mowers might not be right for every lawn. Perrotto says anything that puts more strain on the blade will cause the battery to drain faster. Long grass or certain types of tough grass can cause this to happen.

"Fortunately with removable batteries, the mower owner can quickly switch out to a fresh battery to continue mowing,” he said.

Automakers have begun turning out battery powered vehicles for eco-friendly drivers, as well as those who hate spending money on gasoline. But it turns out...

Gator utility vehicles recalled

The oil filter can leak, posing a fire hazard

Deere & Company of Moline, IL, is recalling about 4,700 John Deere Gator RSX850i Base utility vehicles.

The oil filter can leak, posing a fire hazard. Pinholes or cracks have been identified in oil filters installed by the engine supplier which were not manufactured to specification. The company has received four reports of incidents resulting in fires. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves John Deere Gator RSX850i Base, Sport and Trail model recreational utility vehicles manufactured between May 2012 and October 2012. They have side-by-side seating for two people and were available in Realtree Hardwoods, HD Camo, olive and black or traditional green and yellow. RSX850i is located on the hood. The serial number is on the rear frame above the receiver hitch. Utility vehicles with the following serial numbers are included in this recall: 

Model

Serial Number Range

RSX850i Base

1M0850TB++M010009 thru 1M0850TB++M010778

RSX850i Sport

1M0850TS++M010001 thru 1M0850TS++M012077

RSX850i Trail

1M0850TT++M010001 thru 1M0850TT++M012867

The vehicles, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at John Deere dealers nationwide from August 2012 through January 2013 for between $12,900 and $15,500.

Consumers should stop using the recalled utility vehicles and contact a John Deere dealer to schedule a free inspection and free repair. John Deere is contacting all registered owners of the recalled utility vehicles directly.

Consumers may contact: Deere and Company at (800) 537-8233, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

Deere & Company of Moline, IL, is recalling about 4,700 John Deere Gator RSX850i Base utility vehicles. The oil filter can leak, posing a fire hazard. Pin...

John Deere Recalls Gator utility vehicles

The fuel line can separate, posing a fire hazard

Deere & Company of Moline, IL, is recalling about 4,650 Gator utility vehicles.

The fuel line can separate, posing a fire hazard. The company has received three reports of separated fuel lines. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves John Deere Gator RSX850i Base, Sport and Trail model recreational utility vehicles manufactured between May 2012 and October 2012. They have side-by-side seating for two people and were available in Realtree Hardwoods HD Camo, olive and black, or traditional green and yellow. RSX850i is located on the hood. The serial number is on the rear frame above the receiver hitch.

Only utility vehicles with the following serial numbers are included in this recall:

Serial Numbers:
1M0850TB++M010013 thru 1M0850TB++M010768
1M0850TS++M010001 thru 1M0850TS++M011932
1M0850TT++M010001 thru 1M0850TT++M012765

The vehicles, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at John Deere dealers nationwide from August 2012 through October 2012 for between $12,900 and $15,500.

Consumers should stop using the recalled utility vehicles and contact a John Deere dealer to schedule a free inspection and free repair. John Deere is contacting all registered owners of the recalled utility vehicles directly.

Consumers may contact Deere and Company at (800) 537-8233, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

Deere & Company of Moline, IL, is recalling about 4,650 Gator utility vehicles. The fuel line can separate, posing a fire hazard. The company has received...

Kawasaki Motors Recalls Lawn Mower Engines

A leaky fuel filter poses a fire hazard

Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA of Grand Rapids, MI, is recalling about 210,000 lawn mower engines.

The fuel filter can leak, posing a fire hazard. The company has received 110 reports of fuel leaks. No injuries are reported.

This recall 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. Engines may have also have been bought separately and used in other lawn mowers.

Recalled engines are 13 to 36 horsepower, air-cooled, v-twin engines. “Kawasaki” and the model number are printed on the top of all of the engines. In addition, the spec and serial numbers are printed on a label on one side of the engine.

The following model, spec and serial numbers are included:

Brand(s)ModelSpecificationSerial Number Range
Ariens/GravelyFR691V
FR691V
FR730V
FR730V
FS481V
FS600V
FS691V
FX481V
FX481V
FX600V
FX691V
FX730V
FX730V
FX751V
FX850V
FX921V
AS19
CS09
AS15
CS07
BS22
BS18
CS08
DS04
DS04
DS08
DS04
DS04
DS04
DS05
DS07
AS09
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FR730VA19372 - FR730VA61003
FS730VA18873 - FS730VA36464
FS481VA30837 - FS481VA73952
FS600VA08439 - FS600VA55651
FS691VA07498 - FS691VA13372
FX481VA00810 - FX481VA01191
FX481VA00810 - FX481VA01191
FX600VA14634 - FX600VA18373
FX691VA18538 - FX691VA29675
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
FX751VA24127 - FX751VA33598
FX850VA32209 - FX850VA42326
FX921VA07267 - FX921VA13450
Bad Boy MowersFR651V
FR651V
FR730V
FS730V
FX850V
FX850V
AS19
BS17
AS16
AS14
AS15
ES09
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR730VA19372 - FR730VA61003
FS730VA18873 - FS730VA36464
FX850VA32209 - FX850VA42326
FX850VA32209 - FX850VA42326
Bob-CatFR651V
FR691V
FS481V
FS541V
FS541V
FS541V
FS600V
FS600V
FX541V
FX600V
FX651V
FX691V
FX730V
FX801V
FX921V
FXT00V
FXT00V
AS18
AS18
CS04
BS08
CS05
CS08
CS07
CS08
CS05
CS05
CS05
CS06
CS09
DS08
CS08
DS01
ES01
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FS481VA30837 - FS481VA73952
FS541VA40673 - FS541VA74103
FS541VA40673 - FS541VA74103
FS541VA40673 - FS541VA74103
FS600VA08439 - FS600VA55651
FS600VA08439 - FS600VA55651
FX541VA00980 - FX541VA01063
FX600VA14634 - FX600VA18373
FX651VA16250 - FX651VA22022
FX691VA18538 - FX691VA29675
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
FX801VA26410 - FX801VA35509
FX921VA07267 - FX921VA13450
FXT00VA08783 - FXT00VA11119
FXT00VA08783 - FXT00VA11119
Bush HogFS691V
FX730V
CS09
BS14
FS691VA07498 - FS691VA13372
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
Bush Hog, Tiger Corp.FX730VBS14FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
Country ClipperFS651V
FX730V
FX801V
FXT00V
AS13
CS00
AS09
ES00
FS651VA30654 - FS651VA48562
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
FX801VA26410 - FX801VA35509
FXT00VA08783 - FXT00VA11119
Cub CadetFR600V
FR651V
FR651V
FR691V
FR691V
FR730V
FX850V
FXT00V
BS06
CS05
CS08
AS17
DS05
CS05
CS11
CS09
FR600VA28739 - FR600VA47566
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FR730VA19372 - FR730VA61003
FX850VA32209 - FX850VA42326
FXT00VA08783 - FXT00VA11119
Dixie ChopperFS651V
FS730V
FX850V
FXT00V
CS07
BS09
AS14
AS10
FS651VA30654 - FS651VA48562
FS730VA18873 - FS730VA36464
FX850VA32209 - FX850VA42326
FXT00VA08783 - FXT00VA11119
DR Power EquipmentFS600VAS19FS600VA08439 - FS600VA55651
EncoreFS541VBS16FS541VA40673 - FS541VA74103
ExmarkFR651V
FR651V
FR651V
FR691V
FR691V
FS481V
FS481V
FS541V
FS541V
FS600V
FS651V
FS691V
FX730V
BS13
CS06
CS10
BS13
CS07
AS25
CS06
AS23
CS06
CS15
AS12
BS12
CS13
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FS481VA30837 - FS481VA73952
FS481VA30837 - FS481VA73952
FS541VA40673 - FS541VA74103
FS541VA40673 - FS541VA74103
FS600VA08439 - FS600VA55651
FS651VA30654 - FS651VA48562
FS691VA07498 - FS691VA13372
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
Ferris/Snapper ProFS541V
FS600V
FS730V
FX600V
FX651V
FX730V
AS25
AS22
AS12
CS06
AS11
AS18
FS541VA40673 - FS541VA74103
FS600VA08439 - FS600VA55651
FS730VA18873 - FS730VA36464
FX600VA14634 - FX600VA18373
FX651VA16250 - FX651VA22022
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
Ferris/Snapper Pro/SimplicityFS691V
FX801V
AS14
AS09
FS691VA07498 - FS691VA13372
FX801VA26410 - FX801VA35509
HusqvarnaFR691V
FR691V
FR730V
FR730V
FR730V
FX651V
FX730V
BS15
CS06
AS12
AS13
AS14
DS09
CS15
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FR730VA19372 - FR730VA61003
FR730VA19372 - FR730VA61003
FR730VA19372 - FR730VA61003
FX651VA16250 - FX651VA22022
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
Husqvarna/DixonFR651V
FR730V
FX691V
FX730V
FX801V
FX921V
CS09
DS04
DS10
CS07
ES00
DS06
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR730VA19372 - FR730VA61003
FX691VA18538 - FX691VA29675
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
FX801VA26410 - FX801VA35509
FX921VA07267 - FX921VA13450
Hustler/Big DogFR541V
FR600V
FR651V
FR691V
FR730V
FS481V
FS541V
FS600V
FS651V
FS691V
FX600V
FX691V
FX730V
FX850V
FXT00V
BS04
BS08
BS11
BS14
BS10
CS19
CS21
BS14
CS11
BS10
BS14
CS18
CS17
CS12
CS08
FR541VA05747 - FR541VA10514
FR600VA28739 - FR600VA47566
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FS730VA18873 - FS730VA36464
FS481VA30837 - FS481VA73952
FS541VA40673 - FS541VA74103
FS600VA08439 - FS600VA55651
FS651VA30654 - FS651VA48562
FS691VA07498 - FS691VA13372
FX600VA14634 - FX600VA18373
FX691VA18538 - FX691VA29675
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
FX850VA32209 - FX850VA42326
FXT00VA08783 - FXT00VA11119
Land PrideFR541V
FR600V
FS691V
FX730V
FX850V
CS00
CS00
CS04
CS08
ES09
FR541VA05747 - FR541VA10514
FR600VA28739 - FR600VA47566
FS691VA07498 - FS691VA13372
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
FX850VA32209 - FX850VA42326
SCAGFS481V
FS541V
FS600V
FS600V
FS651V
FS651V
FS730V
FX600V
FX691V
FX730V
FX801V
FX850V
FX921V
CS18
CS19
BS13
CS12
BS10
CS09
AS11
CS09
DS11
CS06
CS07
DS10
BS07
FS481VA30837 - FS481VA73952
FS541VA40673 - FS541VA74103
FS600VA08439 - FS600VA55651
FS600VA08439 - FS600VA55651
FS651VA30654 - FS651VA48562
FS651VA30654 - FS651VA48562
FS730VA18873 - FS730VA36464
FX600VA14634 - FX600VA18373
FX691VA18538 - FX691VA29675
FX730VA13811 - FX730VA48607
FX801VA26410 - FX801VA35509
FX850VA32209 - FX850VA42326
FX921VA07267 - FX921VA13450
ToroFR651V
FR651V
FR691V
FR730V
FS481V
FS541V
FS541V
FS600V
FS600V
FS691V
FS730V
FX691V
BS12
CS10
CS12
CS09
CS08
CS06
CS11
BS10
CS09
CS05
CS06
DS13
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FR730VA19372 - FR730VA61003
FS481VA30837 - FS481VA73952
FS541VA40673 - FS541VA74103
FS541VA40673 - FS541VA74103
FS600VA08439 - FS600VA55651
FS600VA08439 - FS600VA55651
FS691VA07498 - FS691VA13372
FS730VA18873 - FS730VA36464
FX691VA18538 - FX691VA29675
WoodsFH770DFS04FH770DA17828 - FH770DA17997
WorldlawnFR651V
FR691V
FS481V
FS481V
FS481V
FX651V
FX691V
FX751V
ES00
ES00
BS12
BS13
BS24
CS08
CS14
ES00
FR651VB13474 - FR651VB64183
FR691VB01958 - FR691VB51951
FS481VA30837 - FS481VA73952
FS481VA30837 - FS481VA73952
FS481VA30837 - FS481VA73952
FX651VA16250 - FX651VA22022
FX691VA18538 - FX691VA29675
FX751VA24127 - FX751VA33598

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

The engines, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at authorized Kawasaki small engine dealers and lawn and garden equipment retailers nationwide. Recalled units were sold between October 2011 and August 2012 for between $2000 and $10,000.

Consumers should immediately stop using mowers with the recalled engines and fuel filters and contact Kawasaki or a Kawasaki dealer for a free repair.

Consumers may contact Kawasaki Motors; toll-free at (866) 836-446, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or e-mail the firm at ffrecall@kmc-usa.com for more information.

Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA of Grand Rapids, MI, is recalling about 210,000 lawn mower engines. The fuel filter can leak, posing a fire hazard. The company...

Hustler and BigDog Lawn Mowers Recalled

A problem with the fuel tank vent valve fitting poses a fire hazard

Excel Industries of Hesston, KS, is recalling about 18,000 Hustler and BigDog lawn mowers.

The fuel tank vent valve fitting can fail to seal and cause a fuel leak, posing a fire hazard. The firm is aware of 152 incidents of vent valve fittings failing. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

The Hustler and BigDog brand riding or walk-behind lawn mowers were sold in the following colors: Hustler models in yellow; BigDog models in red. They have large mowing decks ranging from 36 to 72 inches. Model name and serial numbers can be found on a tag located on the left side of the frame in the front of the mower's fender.

The following model names, serial numbers and types of lawn mower are included in this recall:

BrandModel NameTypeSerial Numbers
Hustler1500 Riding GreensRiding10062845 through 11081604
FasTrakZero Turn riding10121082 through 11120946
FasTrak Super DutyZero Turn riding10091717 through 12054999
SportZero Turn riding10120377 through 12054999
Super ZZero Turn riding10109017 through 12054999
TrimStarWalk-behind11033546 through 12054999
X-ONEZero Turn riding10090765 through 12022041
BigDogA SeriesZero Turn riding11100596 through 12054999
C SeriesZero Turn riding11031908 through 12054999
R DiabloZero Turn riding12020696 through 12054999
R PowerBarZero Turn riding12020892 through 12054999
R SeriesZero Turn riding11021137 through 12054999
T SeriesWalk-behind11050815 through 12054999
X SeriesZero Turn riding11039001 through 12054999
X DiabloZero Turn riding11090151 through 12054999

The mowers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at: Hustler and BigDog dealers nationwide from September 2010 to May 2012 for between $2,900 and $21,000

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn mowers and contact a Hustler or BigDog dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair. Excel is contacting its customers directly.

Consumer may contact Excel Industries; (800) 748-8223, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday to Friday.

Excel Industries of Hesston, KS, is recalling about 18,000 Hustler and BigDog lawn mowers. The fuel tank vent valve fitting can fail to seal and cause a ...

The Lowdown on Lawn Care Companies

There's no one-size-fits-all solution to having a lawn that stays green and weed-free

Many kids who had the arduous task of mowing their parents lawn, clipping hedges, or pulling weeds probably said to themselves, "I'm going to use a lawn care company when I'm older and get my own house."

For many, that proclamation turned into reality, as a lot of homeowners choose to hire companies like TruGreen, and National Grass Cut Inc., because their lives are just too busy for yard-work, or they simple hate doing it.

One would imagine the business exchange between consumer and lawn care company would be quite simple. The consumer obtains a reputable company, an estimate is provided, and the workers come and give your lawn that tidy golf course look. But many times it's not that simple.

Plenty of consumers across the U.S. have reported cases of lawn care companies doing poor yard work, having questionable billing practices, and using harmful lawn chemicals.

A perfect example is the Kansas-based Ryan Lawn and Tree. The company is swimming in a sea of lawsuits claiming it used a harmful herbicide that killed trees, bushes and plants on the yards of several residents.

One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is suing the nationwide company for the sum of $50,000, alleging that Ryan Lawn killed over 75 trees and bushes on his estate.

The landscapers used the controversial herbicide Imprelis, created by the chemical company Dupont. In 2011, the product was pulled by the Environmental Protection Agency, but many companies already used it before it was taken off shelves.

Pay attention 

A report conducted by Ohio State University about selecting proper lawn care service showed that consumers should become well acquainted with the various types of lawn care options and company programs.

The authors of the report say it's imperative for homeowners to select the right company and service for their specific landscape needs. Many companies have a standard or basic package, but what that service actually entails will differ from company to company -- and may not be appropriate for your specific situation.

While some plans may be inadequate, others may have more service than what's actually needed.

The report states that consumers should call at least two to three companies before choosing one.

What kind

The authors of the report also tell consumers to find out how much and what type of fertilizer a company uses, as it must comply with state laws for the amount of nitrogen the fertilizer contains.

For example, Maryland's Nutrient Management Law not only regulates fertilizer use, it makes lawn companies test the soil, and keep records of when and what type of chemicals it uses. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) also makes sure commercial lawn companies properly apply chemicals to yards. Similiar laws are established across the U.S.

Lawn care experts say consumers should ask neighbors or friends for recommendations of yard service companies instead of choosing one blindly. In addition, cost shouldn't be the sole factor in selecting a lawn care company, as better fertilizers and higher-quality service will obviously cost more, but will pay off over time.

Homeowners should know exactly what they want done to their yards before the company arrives, while also staying away from general flat rates. A free inspection should be done to determine the size of your yard, as not one rate should be applied to every yard.

The size of your yard will also determine the proper amount of fertilizer the company should use.

Get it in writing

Consumers rate TruGreen

Additionally, it's important for homeowners to lock down guarantees in writing for things like response times, pricing and materials used.

One should also know the names and faces of who will be working on your yard, as people have reported seeing phony uniformed workers showing up early, saying they're part of the work team.

"A man with a TruGreen logo shirt rang my door bell," said Cheryl in a complaint posted on ConsumerAffairs. "Not knowing him and having seen a 'beware of scammer alert' from the local news, I wouldn't open the door. As he left, he made an inappropriate comment about my talking through the door."

Kudos to Cheryl for listening to her gut instinct.

Consumers should also make sure a company is certified according to state laws, especially if the company is using pesticides.

Many kids who had the ardent task of mowing their parents lawn, clipping hedges, or pulling weeds probably said to themselves 'I'm going to use a lawn care...

Exmark Quest ZRT Riding Mowers Recalled

The deck can interfere with the controls, causing a crash hazard

Exmark is recalling about 2,200 Quest 42” ZRT Riding Mowers. Bearings supporting the riding mower’s deck can fail and cause the deck to interfere with the operator’s controls, resulting in a crash hazard.

Exmark has received 18 reports of incidents. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves 2009-2010 Exmark Quest ZRT riding mowers with 42-inch mower decks, model number “QST20BE422” and serial numbers ranging from 790,000 through 860,652. The model and serial numbers are on a metal plate behind the seat. “Exmark” is printed on the side and “Quest” is printed on the front of the mowers. The mowers are red and gray.

The mowers were sold by Exmark dealers nationwide from March 2009 through April 2010 for between $4,200 and $4,400. They were made in the United States.

Consumers should stop using the recalled mowers immediately and contact an Exmark dealer to schedule a free repair and/or to check if the repair has already been made to the mower. Exmark has contacted registered owners of the recalled mowers.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Exmark at (800) 667-5296 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.exmark.com/safety.aspx

Exmark is recalling about 2,200 Quest 42” ZRT Riding Mowers. Bearings supporting the riding mower’s deck can fail and cause the deck to in...

Cub Cadet, MTD Gold, Troy-Bilt Lawn Tractors Recalled

Tractors have faulty hydro-gear transaxle

About 2,700 lawn tractors are being recalled. A drive gear in the lawn tractor's hydrostatic transaxle can fail causing brake failure, posing a crash hazard to consumers.

This recall involves Cub Cadet, MTD Gold and Troy-Bilt lawn tractors sold with Hydro-Gear model 618-0319 and 618-04270B transaxles. Cub Cadet and Troy-Bilt tractors included in this recall have dates of manufacture (DOM) ranging from December 2010 through March 2011. The DOM can be found on a label on the underside of the seat. MTD Gold can be identified by serial numbers starting with 1L15 or 1L16. Affected transaxles have serial numbers with the first four digits ranging between 0333 and 0348. Transaxle model and serial numbers are printed on a label on the transaxle.

Cub Cadet lawn tractors with the recalled transaxles are:

Mower BrandMower TypeMower Model No.Hydro-Gear
Transaxle Part No.
Transaxle Serial No.
(1st four digits)
Cub CadetLTX 104513WX91AT010
13WX91AT056
618-03190333 thru 0348
Cub CadetLTX 1046KW13WG91AT010618-03190333 thru 0348
Cub CadetLTX 1046M13WP91AT009618-03190333 thru 0348
Cub CadetLTX 1050KH13WQ91AP009618-03190333 thru 0348
Cub CadetLTX 1050KW13WF91AP010
13WF91AP056
618-03190333 thru 0348
Cub CadetSLTX 105013WQ92AP010618-04270B0333 thru 0348
Cub CadetSLTX 105413WK92AK009
13WK92AK010
13WK92AK056
618-04270B0333 thru 0348

MTD Gold brand tractors with the recalled transaxles are:

Mower BrandMower TypeMower Model No.Hydro-Gear
Transaxle Part No.
Transaxle Serial No.
(1st four digits)
MTD GoldHydro13AP925P004618-04270B0333 thru 0348

Troy-Bilt brand tractors with the recalled transaxles are:

Mower BrandMower TypeMower Model No.Hydro-Gear
Transaxle Part No.
Transaxle Serial No.
(1st four digits)
Troy-BiltTB245013WQ92KP066618-04270B0333 thru 0348

Lawn and garden retailers sold the tractors nationwide from January 2011 through January 2012 for about between $1,900 and $2,800. They were made in the U.S.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn tractors and contact the firm for instructions on obtaining a repair from an authorized service provider.

For additional information, please contact the firm's toll-free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firms' websites at www.cubcadet.comwww.troybilt.com orwww.MTDproducts.com. Consumers can also visit Hydro-Gear's website at www.hydro-gear.com

About 2,700 lawn tractors are being recalled. A drive gear in the lawn tractor's hydrostatic transaxle can fail causing brake failure, posing a crash ...

John Deere Recalls Lawn Tractors with Kawasaki Engines

The engine can overheat and start a fire

John Deere is recalling about X300, X300R and X304 series tractors.  The cooling fan (A) 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.

There have been 163 reported failures, including 83 reports of engine melting or engine fires and one report of a minor burn injury following a fan failure fire.

This recall involves John Deere X300, X300R and X304 Select Series™ Lawn Tractors with Kawasaki FS541V engines manufactured between September 20, 2010 and July 21, 2011 within the following serial number ranges listed below. The model number is on both sides of the tractor hood, and the serial number can be found on the machine frame near the front right tire.

1M0X300B++M180001 thru 1M0X300B++M180600
1M0X300C++M180001 thru 1M0X300C++M208330
1M0X300E++M180001 thru 1M0X300E++M180718
1M0X300F++M180001 thru 1M0X300F++M180888
1M0X300G++M180001 thru 1M0X300G++M183700
1M0X300H++M180001 thru 1M0X300H++M180145
1M0X300J++M180001 thru 1M0X300J++M180106
1M0X304A++M180001 thru 1M0X304A++M184936
1M0X304B++M180001 thru 1M0X304B++M180696
1M0X304C++M180001 thru 1M0X304C++M180054

John Deere dealers sold the lawn tractors in the U.S. from September 2010 to August 2011 for between about $3,000 and $4,000.  They were made in the United States.

Customers should stop using the mowers immediately and contact a John Deere dealer to make arrangements to have the engine cooling fan replaced. All registered owners of the recalled mowers will be directly notified by John Deere.

For additional information, contact Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays ET or visit the firm’s Web site at www.johndeere.com

John Deere is recalling about X300, X300R and X304 series tractors.  The cooling fan (A) installed on top of the front mounted Kawasaki engine in the ...

John Deere Recalls Lawn Tractors

Brake failure may cause loss of control

John Deere is conducting two recalls of various lawn tractor models.

Brake problem

The company is recalling about 5,200 D100 lawn tractors. Hardware used to hold the brake assembly to the transmission housing can break. This can cause the brakes to fail, posing an injury hazard due to loss of control.

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

John Deere dealers, Lowe’s, and Home Depot stores sold the tractors nationwide, except California, from October 2010 through September 2011 for about $1,500. They were made in the U.S.

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

Blade assembly

The company is also recalling about 15,500 tractors because the 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. Lawn tractors with the serial numbers listed below are included in the recall. The serial number is located under the right rear fender.

Model Serial Numbers
D100 1GXD100A…BB050246 thru 1GXD100A…BB051508
1GXD100E…BB104567 thru 1GXD100E…BB114387
D110 1GXD110A…BB051350 thru 1GXD110A…BB054905
1GXD110C…BB010187 thru 1GXD110C…BB010413
1GXD110E…AB106157 thru 1GXD110E…AB106342
1GXD110E…BB106358 thru 1GXD110E…BB115481
D120 1GXD120A…BB101040 thru 1GXD120A…BB101642
1GXD120C…BB010026 thru 1GXD120C…BB010035
1GXD120E…BB101959 thru 1GXD120E…BB102750
D130 1GXD130A…BB050470 thru 1GXD130A…BB052004

John Deere dealers, Lowe’s, and Home Depot stores sold the tractors nationwide from December 2010 through September 2011 for between $1,500 and $2,000.

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

John Deereis recalling about 5,200 D100 lawn tractors. Hardware used to hold the brake assembly to the transmission housing can break. This can cause ...

U.S. Sues Lawn Darts Company; Says Darts are Hazardous

Suit cites injuries and deaths of children attributed to lawn darts

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has sued Lawn Dart Parts, demanding that it stop selling its products in stores and on the Internet. The suit, filed in federal district court in St.. Louis, notes that lawn darts are banned by federal law because of the dangers they pose to children and seeks an injunction banning further sales by the company.

Lawn Darts Parts LLC is a Pevely, MO, company owned by Steve King and, according to the lawsuit, operates several websites, including www.lawndartparts.com, www.tossinggames.com, www.stevenking.biz, and www.missourimarketplace.net/jartparts.

Lawn darts are a hazardous substance under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act because they pose an “unreasonable risk of injury to children” and, as such, their sale is prohibited by the Consumer Product Safety Act, the complaint alleges.

The lawn darts, which are simple darts with elonated tips, are designed so that when they are thrown into the air, they contact the ground tip-first.

The suit notes there have been “numerous injuries ranging from lacerations and bruises to severe brain damage, as well as three known deaths of children associated with the use of lawn darts .”

They have been banned since at least 1970; in 1988, the CPSC removed an exemption that had allowed the sale of lawn darts which were labeled for use by adults only.

The CPSC said it became aware of King's operation in February 2009 when an investigator visited two of his websites. Posing as a customer, the investigator ordered a set of lawn darts for $100 via email and was contacted by someone identified as “Steve,” who instructed the investigator to pay via PayPal.

The lawn darts were sent and arrived at the Michigan address used by the investigator on March 20, 2009. The package included four lawn darts, four plastic rings and six plastic fins. The items were packaged in what appeared to be original product packaging and stated "Regent Jarts . . . An Outdoor Skill Game for Adults."

The investigator then ordered an additional set of lawn darts for $218. The package arrived on November 15, 2009.

The package included four metal shafts, two plastic red fins, two plastic blue fins, and two plastic yellow rings. Also delivered is what appears to be original product packaging stating “Jarts Missle Game. The Most Exciting Outdoor Game Today. Jarts Company, Fort Edward, New York.” Finally, the package included a business card for the web site “www.TossingGames.com” with the name “Mr. Steve King, Owner and Webmaster” printed on it.

 

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Choosing the Right Lawn Mower

Fall is a good time to buy, but be sure to get a mower that suits your needs


As the warm summer sun fades into the cooler days of fall, lawns and their caretakers -- that's you -- will face the chore of getting ready for winter and, not too long after that, preparing for spring.

 

In much of the country, lawn care is almost a year-round task, which puts a strain not only on the homeowner but also the lawn mowers and other tools essential to maintaining a healthy and attractive lawn.

Here are a few tips and suggestions to help keep everything -- your back included -- in working order.

Walk-behind mowers

Storage

The most important step in insuring the longevity of your walk-behind mower is to store it in a dry place. Bori Kim, an employee of Park Oaks Mower Service in Thousand Oaks, CA, insists, 9 out 10 complaints I receive are from moisture build up within the carburetor or gasoline tank. High moisture levels will plug up the mower, requiring a trip to the shop to get things running again. In order to save an unnecessary repair bill, Bori suggests a simple fix -- store the mower and gas in a dry area and there shouldnt be any problems.

Blades

Albert Garcia, an employee of Home Depot in Camarillo, CA, offers a few tips for the maintenance of your walk-behind mowers blades. He suggests using a broom to brush down the blades after use in order to minimize rust build up as well as wear and tear. Albert also recommends periodically checking the mower blade and bolts for any abnormalities.

If the mower looks asymmetrical or unbalanced, its a good idea to take it in for either a sharpening or even a repair if necessary.

Air filter

The air filter in your lawn mower should be serviced regularly. Saedi, an employee of the Do-It Center in Agoura Hills, CA, recommends that, with casual usage, cleaning the air filter every three months is necessary for keeping the mower engine running properly. Another tip: cleaning the mower body after use can reduce the intake of debris into the air filter.

Engine oil

Park Oaks Mower Service advises draining and replacing the engine oil every three months. An easy way to time this is at the beginning of each season, or at the same time you service your air filter.

Spark plugs

Spark plugs should be replaced after every 100 or so hours of operation, according to Bori Kim. Ask your local lawn mower service center for help with your particular model or consult the instructions that came with it if you are unsure how to do this.

Wheel size

Changing the wheels on your particular brand of mower may not be an option, but Albert explains that he receives less complaints regarding mowers with bigger wheels, which keep the mower body higher off the ground and farther from debris.

Fuel type

Make sure you are using the correct type of fuel if you have a gas-powered lawn mower. Do not put two-cycle gas into a four-cycle engine for example, or the gas may ruin the spark plug.

Maintenance kits

Home Depot sells a range of maintenance kits that include air filters and spark plugs, enabling lawn mower owners to do virtually all the general upkeep required to keep their mower running in top shape for years to come. Albert suggests a lawn mower repair kit to all his customers.

Recommendation

Park Oaks Mower Services recommends the Honda line. The mowers are well-designed, reliable, and user-friendly. Furthermore, Bori insists he sees the least amount of Honda mowers in for repair.

General Tips for Buyers

Fall is a good time to buy a new mower because most stores are moving them out to make way for winter merchandise. But, whatever the time of year, its important to consider a few extra factors that may affect longevity before buying a new lawn mower.

Degree of usage

In terms of scale, a walk-behind lawn mower can, according to Park Oaks Mower Services, comfortably service around an acre of land. If you have a 2 or 3-acre parcel, it may be a better choice to purchase a ride-on mower, otherwise it could be physically taxing to both you and your mower.

Remote starters

Remotely started mowers are becoming increasingly popular, but the added complexity means more difficult repairs. Albert Garcia praises the novelty of the new technology, but insists, remote starters are still relatively new, and it may be a safer bet to stick with pull or button starts until they work out all the kinks.

Electric vs. Gas Powered

This is a matter of both personal choice and, if using a corded electric, property layout. Gas powered mowers are more powerful and portable, but significantly louder to use and more expensive to maintain, Saedi explains. He believes that electric mowers may be more appropriate for a residential user with easy access to an electrical outlet, while gas is reserved for larger or commercial-scale mowing.

Environmental considerations

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a new emission control program that will effect lawn mowers and weed-whackers. This new law will come into effect next year, potentially impacting the brand lines.

Protection plan

If you are in a particularly wet or humid area, purchasing a protection plan on your mower may be a good way to ensure your lawn stays groomed for years to come. Home Depot offers a plan on all of its lawn mower product lines.

Weed whackers

 

As a general guideline, the same rules apply to maintaining your weed-whacker as your mower, minus blade maintenance. One quick tip: Albert Garcia recommends making sure you are aware of how to rewind the line before you purchase a new weed-whacker.

Ride-On Mowers

For users who have opted for a ride-on mower, Cal Coast Machinerys sales representative John JT Tarascio offers a few pointers:

Preventive maintenance

JT affirms the best way to make your ride-on mower last is to follow the maintenance guidelines. From his experiences, the number one cause of failures is from poor oil and air filter maintenance. He suggests checking the air filter and fluid levels more rather than less to insure the best possible performance out of your machine.

Parts

Cal Coast Machinery deals with John Deere tractors and mowers, and JT recommends only using the companys parts on John Deere mowers. His mantra regarding repairs is quality over the cheapest stuff out there.

Fuel

Using the recommended fuel grade will keep you mower running as smoothly as possible.

Grease

The idlers on the mower deck are greasable, explains JT. Keeping those bearings well greased is an important step for giving your mower a longer life span. Any sealed bearings on the mower do not need to be greased, and should have a ten or more year lifespan.

Keeping the deck level

Ensuring an even cut is essential for any lawn mower. In order to maintain an even level for the mower deck, manual adjustments will occasionally be required. JT explains, the deck should remain level as long as you dont hit anything significant, like a curb for example. If you do need to change the mower deck level, there are (on the John Deere models) threaded rods on each side which allow for easy adjustment.

Recommendation

JT recommends John Deeres X series. The X series is a commercial/residential line that is geared slightly more towards the commercial end. It features thicker steel and a more solid front axel than the LA (formerly L) line, as well as the Kawasaki engine. This added comfort and convenience starts at around $4,000 compared to the LA lines $2400, but JT thinks the price is well worth it.

These tips should help keep your mower running in top shape for years to come, meaning your lawn will be looking its best no matter what Nature throws its way.

But be forewarned -- not everyone shares JT's high evaluation of John Deere equipment.

"We bought our first (and last) Deere 4 years ago. We mow once a week during the summer and have logged 175 hours on the 1700 machine. The transmission is shot. Upon internet investigation, this seems to be a common and costly problem. What a disappointment," said Bob of St. Charles, Mo., one of more than 300 John Deere owners who've submitted complaints to ConsumerAffairs.com.

Nearly every other brand gets the same -- or worse -- treatment, though Honda comes out better than most.

Fall is a good time to buy, but be sure to get a mower that suits your needs...

Lawn Mower Injuries On the Rise

Children are often the victims; safety experts offer tips for parents

July 11, 2010
A Wisconsin family will mark a life-changing anniversary today. On July 11, 2009, two-year-old Brandon Rudie was severely injured after his father accidentally backed over him with a riding lawn mower. Today, after five facial surgeries, Brandon is an energetic three-year-old, but his recovery is ongoing.

In an interview with WFRV TV-5 in Green Bay, Scott Rudie said he hopes his sons story will prevent other lawn mower accidents.

No matter how safe you think you are or how careful you think you are accidents can happen, Rudie told WFRV. It can change your life in a heartbeat.

Last year, 247,000 Americans were treated for lawn mower-related injuries more than 18,000 of them under age 19. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, these injuries have increased seven percent since 2008.

Young children should not be allowed to operate lawn mowers, nor play around them, said Janet Jenkins, administrator of the Wisconsin Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. Lawn mower injuries are typically very serious, and can include deep cuts, loss of fingers and toes, eye injuries and even limb amputations.

Safety experts recommend children be at least 12 years old before they operate a walk-behind lawnmower, and at least 16 years old for a riding mower. In addition, Wisconsin's Consumer Protection Division offers these tips to keep your family safe during the lawn mowing season:

• Children should never be passengers on riding mowers.
• Always wear sturdy shoes while mowing not sandals.
• Young children should be at a safe distance from the area being mowed.
• Pick up debris, yard tools and hoses from the lawn to prevent injuries from flying objects.
• Dont use a lawnmower on hills unless you know how to do so properly.
• Dont mow when the grass is wet and slippery.
• Wear eye and hearing protection.
• Use a mower with a control that stops it from moving forward if the handle is released.
• Maintain your lawnmower so that it operates properly.
• Never pull backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary carefully look for others behind you when you do. To watch WFRVs full interview with the Rudie family click here http://www.wfrv.com/news/local/Outagamie-County-boy-makes-a-remarkable
Lawn Mower Injuries On the Rise...

J.D. Power: Consumers More Picky When Shopping for Lawn Mowers

Honda ranks highest in customer satisfaction with walk-behind lawn mowers for second straight year

By James Limbach
ConsumerAffairs.com

May 13, 2010
If the grass-cutting season hasn't arrived yet where you are, you can be sure that it'll be there before long. That means shopping for a lawn mower, if you don't already have one, or replacing that workhorse you've been using for the last umpteen years.

People seem to be taking that chore seriously. According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Walk-Behind Lawn Mower Study, a larger proportion of buyers are considering more than one lawn mower brand, compared with 2009.

The study measures customer satisfaction with walk-behind lawn mowers by examining six key factors: durability; ease of use; maintenance; performance; price; and warranty. The study is designed to provide information that helps customers with purchase decisions, as well as to assist lawn mower manufacturers in their efforts to improve customer satisfaction and brand loyalty.

Honda ranks highest in satisfying customers with walk-behind lawn mowers for a second consecutive year, achieving a score of 766 on a 1,000-point scale. Honda performs particularly well in three of six factors: ease of use, durability and performance. John Deere (760) and Toro (742) follow Honda in the ranking.

Robert of Wesley Chapel, FL, bought a Honda, but isn't particularly happy with it."I carried it in for broken throttle -- this was the second time I have had to carry it in for the same problem within eight months of purchase," he tells ConsumerAffairs.com. He says the manager of the store where he bought the mower told him he should have purchased extra warranty coverage. "I told her I didn't think I would need extra coverage on a $693.99 lawnmower -- especially in a eight month span of owning it."

Michael of Audubon, PA, says he thought he was buying a Toro mower, but " you are not buying a Toro just the name.Toro had a great reputation and you get these companies buying just the name and well it is crap. The mower since the first week I got was trouble. The push handle would not lock in place so the handle would be useless and would not allow you to mow. I found out that TORO was made by Murray and Murray was made by MTD. You do not know this when you buy it,they just use the TORO name to sucker people in."

The study also finds that this year, nearly 70 percent of walk-behind lawn mower owners say that they considered more than one brand while shopping, compared with 62 percent in 2009. In addition, since only approximately one-third of lawn mower shoppers selected the brand they wanted to purchase prior to visiting a retailer, there is ample opportunity for lawn mower manufacturers to influence decisions at the point of purchase.

"Most walk-behind lawn mower shoppers go to a retailer without doing much research beforehand and primarily rely on in-store displays to educate themselves about the different brands and models available," said Christina Cooley, senior manager of the real estate and construction industries practice at J.D. Power and Associates. "Without spending much time up front investigating what lawn mower best meets their needs, the shopper is likely to base their decision mainly on price."

J.D. Power and Associates offers the following tips to consumers who are shopping for a walk-behind lawn mower:

  • The lifespan of a lawn mower averages between seven to 10 years, and consumers typically spend approximately $300 on their walk-behind mower, on average. Therefore, it pays to research several brands and models to determine the best lawn mower for your needs before making the investment. Without performing this research, the lawn mower may fall short of your expectations.

  • In conducting your research, seek out the following: manufacturer and retailer websites; recommendations from friends and family; in-store product displays; and retail staff.

  • Visit multiple retailers. Many lawn mower owners choose a store at which to shop first, and then select a lawn mower from the brands that are available there. Going to more than one retailer may present you with more options from which to choose.

In addition, it's a good idea to look at lawn mower ads carefully to make sure the machine you think you're buying is the one you get.

The 2010 Walk-Behind Lawn Mower Study is based on responses from more than 2,900 owners who purchased a new lawn mower within the past 24 months and who have used their lawn mower a minimum of four times.



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John Deere Recalls Compact Tractors

September 30, 2009
John Deere is recalling compact utility tractors models 3032E and 3038E. An incorrectly sized differential was installed in the tractor transaxle affecting the engagement of the differential lock and causing the tractor to turn to the left when braking. This causes the vehicle to veer left when the brake is applied, posing a risk of collision.

The recalled tractors have model numbers 3032E and 3038E painted on the side of the tractor. The serial number plate is on the tractor frame above the front wheel to the right of the operator. The recall includes the following serial numbers:

Tractor ModelSerial Numbers
3032ELV3032E111981 - LV3032E111988
LV3032E111990 - LV3032E111993
LV3032E111996
LV3032E111999 - LV3032E112001
LV3032E112003 - LV3032E112019
LV3032E112022 - LV3032E112024
LV3032E112029
LV3032E112031 - LV3032E112032
LV3032E112046 - LV3032E112047
LV3032E112049
LV3032E112052
LV3032E140285
Tractor ModelSerial Numbers
3038ELV3038E111798
LV3038E111804 - LV3038E111805
LV3038E111808
LV3038E111810
LV3038E111815
LV3038E111817 - LV3038E111818
LV3038E111820 - LV3038E111823
LV3038E111825 - LV3038E111827
LV3038E111829 - LV3038E111832
LV3038E111835 - LV3038E111840
LV3038E111842
LV3038E111844 - LV3038E111850
LV3038E111853 - LV3038E111854
LV3038E111856
LV3038E111871 - LV3038E111872
LV3038E111875 - LV3038E111876
LV3038E111879 - LV3038E111881
LV3038E111883 - LV3038E111884
LV3038E111888 - LV3038E111889
LV3038E140226
LV3038E140234

The tractors were sold by John Deere dealers nationwide from July 2009 through August 2009 for between $13,000 and $15,000.

Consumers should stop using the recalled vehicles immediately and contact a John Deere dealer to schedule a free repair. John Deere tractor dealers were notified of this recall and registered owners of the recalled tractors will be directly contacted by the firm.

For additional information, contact Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET or visit the firms Web site at www.johndeere.com

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

John Deere Recalls Compact Tractors...

Lawn Mower Horsepower Overstated, Class Action Claims

Mower manufacturers clipped Texas consumers, plaintiffs charge

A class action lawsuit claims that lawn mower companies have clipped Texas consumers by overstating the horsepower of their engines. It seeks damages of $5 million, including refunds for affected consumers.

The suit, filed in a Texas federal court, names Sears, Deer and Co., Tecumseh Products, Briggs and Stratton, Kawasaki Motors, MTD Products, Toro Company, American Honda Motor, Electrolux Home Products, Kohler Company, Platinum Equity, and Husqvarna Outdoor Products. The companies sell about six million mowers nationwide each year, according to court documents.

It alleges that, since 1994, the companies misrepresented the horsepower of their lawn mowers and mower engines in an attempt to charge higher prices.

"The more horsepower generated by a lawn mower's engine, the better and faster the lawn mower is able to perform," the suit charges. Horsepower labels allowed for a "fudge factor of up to 15 percent to be added," the complaint says.

The plaintiffs — Gene Bennett, Clarence Laird and Laci Canion — argue that the misrepresentations allowed the defendants to market and sell identical engines as different products at different prices.

According to the suit, the companies formed a group called the "Power Labeling Task Force," which the plaintiffs allege was used to "meet, discuss, conspire, conceal and further their fraudulent horsepower misrepresentations."

The suit also charges that the task force created a misleading disclaimer titled "Understanding Horsepower" and placed it on the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute's Web site.

The complaint argues that the disclaimer purposely misled the public and was an effort to conceal the fraudulent horsepower labeling practices.

Plaintiffs charge that many other labeling methods were used to conceal the actual horsepower generated by the respective lawn mower's engine. These methods included the use of "gross" horsepower, which is the theoretical horsepower an engine could achieve under ideal laboratory conditions. Or the use of the "torque" on lawn mower engine's labels, despite that "engineers assert that torque is not an appropriate quantifier of power," the plaintiffs state.

The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge T. John Ward.

 

Lawn Mower Horsepower Overstated, Class Action Claims...

John Deere Gator XUV 620i Utility Vehicles

September 17, 2008
John Deere is recalling the Gator XUV 620i Utility Vehicle.

The fuel tank can leak from a gap in the seam at the base of the filler neck, posing a fire hazard.

Deere & Company has received seven reports of fuel tank leaks. No fires or injuries have been reported.

The recalled utility vehicle is Model 620i. The model number is painted on the side of the vehicle. The recall includes the following serial numbers. The serial number plate is on the vehicles frame in front of the passenger side rear fender.

ModelSerial Number Ranges
XUV 620i Gas (Como)M0XUVGC020001 thru
M0XUVGC020959
XUV 620i Gas (Olive)M0XUVGT021581 thru
M0XUVGT021808
XUV 620i Gas (Green)M0XUVGX023930, M0XUVGX023941,
M0XUVGX023956,
M0XUVGX023961 thru
M0XUVGX023962
M0XUVGX023968 thru
M0XUVGX025507

The Gators, made in the United States, were sold by John Deere dealers nationwide from April 2008 through August 2008 for about $10,000.

Consumers should stop using the recalled utility vehicles immediately and contact any John Deere dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair. Keep fuel tank below half full until the repair is made. Registered owners were sent direct mail notification of this recall.

For additional information, contact Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233 between 8 a.m. and 6p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET, or visit the firms Web site at www.johndeere.com

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

John Deere Gator XUV 620i Utility Vehicles...

Physicians Warn Lawn Mowers Pose Danger To Children

'Terrible, devastating injuries' can mark children for life


Active children can face a number of dangers during the summer, but doctors warn that lawn mowers pose a real, and often overlooked, threat.

In fact, nearly 210,000 people -- approximately 16,200 of them children under age 19 -- were treated in doctors' offices, clinics and emergency rooms for lawn mower-related injuries in 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.

To help prevent injuries, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have teamed up to educate parents, adults and children about the importance of lawn mower safety.

"Parents need to understand that lawnmowers can cause terrible devastating injuries to children's hands, feet or faces, which can impact the rest of their lives," said ASRM President Neil Jones, MD. "The tragedy is that most of these injuries are totally preventable by following some simple precautions."

The doctors offer the following tips to help prevent lawn mower-related injuries:

• Children should be at least 12 years old before they operate any lawn mower, and at least 16 years old for a ride-on mower.

• Children should never be passengers on ride-on mowers.

• Always wear sturdy shoes while mowing -- not sandals.

• Young children should be a safe distance from the area you are mowing.

• Before mowing, pick up stones, toys and debris from the lawn to prevent injuries from flying objects.

• Always wear eye and hearing protection.

• Use a mower with a control that stops it from moving forward if the handle is released.

• Never pull backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary carefully look for others behind you when you do.

• Start and refuel mowers outdoors -- not in a garage. Refuel with the motor turned off and cool.

• Blade settings should be made only by an adult .

• Wait for blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel roads.

Many lawn mower-related injuries require a team of physicians from various specialties to properly repair them. Often, patients must endure painful reconstructive operations to restore form and function.

"Many children who sustain lawn mower injuries must undergo reconstructive surgery for months, sometimes years, after the initial accident," said ASPS President Richard D'Amico, MD. "The look on parents' faces can be truly heart wrenching. We are the physicians called to treat these devastating injuries, but would do anything to prevent them in the first place."

"Parents want to protect their children from accidents and injuries. But every summer we see children and teens using lawnmowers in an unsafe manner," said AAP President Renee Jenkins, MD. "It is our job as pediatricians to help get information to parents about how to prevent injuries that are common during summer months, and that includes injuries from lawnmowers."

Physicians Warn Lawn Mowers Pose Danger To Children...

LawnBott Lawn Mowers Recalled

April 25, 2008    
Kyodo America is recalling about 500 LawnBott lawn mowers. The cutting blades continue to rotate when the mower is lifted from the ground and the spacing on the side of the lawn mower could allow room for a consumer's foot to go beyond the shield and be struck by the blade. Both instances pose a serious laceration hazard to consumers.

Kyodo America has received one report of a consumer lifting the mower from the ground and suffering minor lacerations from the moving blade.

This recall involves LawnBott lawn mowers with model numbers LB2000, LB2100, LB3000, and LB3200. The robotic lawn mowers freely and automatically cut grass by detecting the signal of a perimeter cable. The mowers have a docking station for recharging and a shiny plastic cover sold in red, green or blue. 'Evolution' or 'deluxe' is printed on the side of the mower.

The mowers were sold by Kyodo America dealers nationwide from January 2006 through December 2007 for between $1,750 and $2,750. They were made in Italy.

Consumers should stop using the recalled LawnBott lawn mowers immediately and contact Kyodo America to register their lawn mowers for repairs that will be ready by the end of June. Consumers who have registered their mower with Kyodo America have been sent direct notification by mail.

For more information, contact Kyodo America at (877) 465-9636 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.lawnbott.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

LawnBott Lawn Mowers Recalled...

Honda Lawn Mowers Recalled

November 8, 2007
American Honda Motor Corp. is recalling about 22,000 lawn mowers because of a fire hazard.

Due to a manufacturing defect, a crack can occur in the fuel tank causing a fuel leak. If gasoline leaking from the fuel tank is ignited, a fire or explosion can occur.

American Honda Motor Corp. has received six reports of fuel leakage. No fires or injuries have been reported.

The recall involves HRX walk-behind lawn mowers with model numbers HRX217KHXA and HRX217KHMA. Only serial numbers from 1400001 through 1453714 are included in the recall. The model and serial number are printed on a label located on the upper rear of the deck. The lawn mower is dark gray with a red engine cover.

The mowers were sold at Honda Lawn and Garden dealers nationwide, including The Home Depot stores, from January 2007 through September 2007 for between $800 and $900. They were made in the United States.

Consumers should stop using these recalled lawn mowers immediately and contact any Honda Lawn and Garden dealer to have the fuel tank replaced. Registered owners of the recalled lawn mowers will be mailed a notice.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Honda at (800) 426-7701 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firms Web site at www.hondapowerequipment.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Honda Lawn Mowers Recalled...

Husqvarna, Craftsman, Poulan Pro, Poulan, Weed Eater, Southern States, Murray Lawn Tractors

July 11, 2006
Husqvarna is recalling about 174,000 lawn tractors because of a fire hazard. The tractors were sold under the Husqvarna, Craftsman, Poulan Pro, Poulan, Weed Eater, Southern States and Murray brand names.

The fuel line on these lawn tractors can separate from the fuel tank outlet. If this occurs, fuel will spill out, posing a fire hazard.

Husqvarna Outdoor Products Inc. received 886 reports of fuel lines that separated from the fuel tank outlet and 16 reports of fires related to this issue. There are three reports of minor personal injury.

Recalled tractors' product, model and serial numbers are listed in the chart below. To determine if a tractor is included in the recall, check the lawn tractors' product, model and serial numbers, located on a label under the seat of the tractor.

The tractors were sold at home centers, retailers, hardware stores and dealers nationwide from September 2005 through June 2006 for between $820 and $1,500.

Consumers with recalled tractors should immediately stop using the tractor and contact the applicable firm listed below to schedule a free repair.

BrandProduct NumberModel NumberSerial Number
Range
Service Center
Craftsman®NA917.27662
917.27663
917.27618
917.27664
120905-X00XXXX
through 061606-X00XXXX
(800) 659-5917
Monday through Saturday
between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET.
www.sears.com
NA917.27535
917.27639
917.27640
917.27641
917.27678
090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-X00XXXX
Husqvarna®960430003 00YT1942T120905-X00XXXX
through 061606-X00XXXX
(866) 721-6091
Monday through Friday
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
www.husqvarna.com
960130019 00LT16542090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-
X00X`XXX
Poulan®960420026 00C20H42YT120905-X00XXXX
through 061606-X00XXXX
(866) 284-8872
Monday through Friday
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
www.poulan.com
960120043 00
960120044 00
960120044 01
960120044 02
960120045 00
960120045 01
960120053 00
960170004 00
PO12538LT
PB1638LT
PB1638LT
PB1638LT
PB1842LT
PB1842LT
PB185H42LT
PB18H42LT
090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-X00XXXX
Poulan Pro®960420020 00
960420008 00
960420009 00
960420016 00
PB19H42YT
PB20H42YT
PK20H42YT
XT19H42YT
120905-X00XXXX
through 061606-X00XXXX
(866) 284-8872
Monday through Friday
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
www.poulan.com
960160013 00
960160013 01
960120060 00
HD17542
HD17542
XT185H42LT
090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-X00XXXX
Southern States960420011 00SO20H42YT120905-X00XXXX
through 061606-X00XXXX
(866) 284-8872
Monday through Friday
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
960120054 00
960120055 00
960120057 01
SO1638LT
SO17542LT
SO19H42LT
090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-X00XXXX
Weed Eater®960160014 00
960160014 02
HD13538090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-X00XXXX
(866) 284-8872
Monday through Friday
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
www.weedeater.com

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Husqvarna Outdoor Products Inc. toll-free at (866) 284-8872 or visit their Web site at www.husqvarna.com. Consumers with Craftsman-brand tractors should call (800) 659-5917. Consumers with Poulan Pro, Poulan, Weed Eater, Southern States or Murray brand tractors should call toll-free at (866) 284-8872.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Husqvarna, Craftsman, Poulan Pro, Poulan, Weed Eater, Southern States, Murray Lawn Tractors...

Lawn Mowing Not Child's Play


With summer approaching and the school year coming to a close, thousands of kids across the country will take on a familiar chore -- mowing the lawn.

Whether it's to help their parents mow the backyard or a summer job to earn money, this routine task can be dangerous for children and adults alike if proper safety precautions are not taken.

In fact, more than 230,500 people -- approximately 20,000 of them children under age 19 -- were treated in doctors' offices, clinics and emergency rooms for lawn mower-related injuries in 2004, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.

To help prevent injures, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have teamed up to educate parents, adults and children about the importance of lawn mower safety during National Safety Month, June 2006.

"The power lawn mower is one of the most dangerous tools around the home, but many children view it as a potential toy -- resulting in thousands of debilitating injures every year," said ASRM President L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS.

"Lawn mower injuries often include deep cuts, loss of fingers and toes, limb amputations, broken and dislocated bones, burns, and eye injuries. Most of these injuries can be prevented by following a few simple safety tips," Levin added

The ASRM, ASPS, AAP and AAOS offer the following tips to help prevent lawn mower-related injuries:

• Children should be at least 12 years old before they operate any lawn mower, and at least 16 years old for a ride-on mower.

• Children should never be passengers on ride-on mowers.

• Always wear sturdy shoes while mowing -- not sandals.

• Young children should be a safe distance from the area you are mowing.

• Before mowing, pick up stones, toys and debris from the lawn to prevent injuries from flying objects.

• Always wear eye and hearing protection.

• Use a mower with a control that stops it from moving forward if the handle is released.

• Never pull backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary carefully look for others behind you when you do.

• Start and refuel mowers outdoors -- not in a garage. Refuel with the motor turned off and cool.

• Blade settings should be made only by an adult .

• Wait for blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel roads.

"Though mowing the lawn can be a great form of physical activity, it can also cause harm if the proper precautions are not taken," explained Richard F. Kyle, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and AAOS President. "It's important that people take their time when mowing the lawn, and teach kids at an early age to stay clear of these machines when they are running."

Many lawn mower-related injuries require a team of physicians from various specialties to properly repair them. Often, patients must endure painful reconstructive operations to restore form and function.

"Physicians in plastic surgery, microsurgery, pediatric surgery, and orthopaedics are at the forefront in repairing these injuries and see, firsthand, how devastating they can be for children and their families," said ASPS President Bruce Cunningham, MD. "It is equally important for us to aid in the prevention of these injuries as it is to repair them."

"The sad thing is that so many of these tragic injuries are avoidable," said Eileen M. Ouellette, MD, JD, FAAP, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "A few simple precautions can protect thousands of children."

Lawn Mowing Not Child's Play...

NEUTRON Cordless Electric Lawnmowers Recalled

January 23, 2006
Country Home Products is recalling about 15,700 of its 2005 Model NEUTON cordless electric lawnmowers because of a problem with the automatic shutoff.

When the handlebar is released on the recalled lawnmowers, the motor could continue to run, which causes the blade to continue to spin. In addition, there is excessive heat build up in the wire coil inside the housing and also in the safety key.

Country Home Products, Inc. has received nine total reports of incidents in which the mower and blade did not turn off when the handle was released, causing excessive heat built up in the internal wire brake coil and safety key. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

The recalled lawnmowers were sold under the NEUTON name and carry model number EM 4 1 NEUTON printed on the front portion of the lawnmower. The lawnmowers are two shades of green and have a 14-inch cutting width with rear bagging capability. The serial number ranges of the recalled mowers are CE04049212 through CE04054902 and CE04061492 through CE04071541. The serial number can be found by lifting the rear discharge guard of the mower. It is on a sticker on the lower left side of the mower housing.

The units were sold by mail orders, Web sites, and by gas-lawnmower exchange programs and through a small number of outdoor power equipment dealerships nationwide from February 2005 through June 2005 for about $400. NOTE: Not all mowers shipped during this time period are included in the recall. Only mowers within the specified serial number range are included.

Country Home Products, Inc. is sending all registered owners instructions on how to perform the free repair on these mowers.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Country Home Products, Inc. toll-free at (888) 294-5029, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on Saturdays. Consumers also can view and download instructions from NEUTON Mower Equipments Web site at www.CEM-TechAlert.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

NEUTRON Cordless Electric Lawnmowers Recalled...

Lawn Mower Injuries Increase Nationwide


Looking for an excuse not to mow the lawn this summer? Try this: Each year, nearly 80,000 Americans require hospital treatment from injuries caused by lawn mowers, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The researchers also concluded that the number of injuries from lawn mowers is increasing, with the majority of injuries occurring in children under age 15 and adults age 60 and older.

The most common injuries were caused by strikes from debris, such as rocks and branches, propelled by the mower's spinning blades. The study, published in the April 2006 online edition of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, is the first to examine the extent and mechanisms of lawn mower injuries nationwide.

"There is no reason anyone under 12 should ever be injured by a lawn mower," said David Bishai, MD, PhD, MPH, senior author of the study and associate professor in the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences at the Bloomberg School. "If we would keep the kids off the lawn when mowing and off the riding mowers we could greatly reduce the number of injuries each year."

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that no one under age 16 should use a riding mower, and no one under age 12 should use a push mower.

Bishai and co-author, Vanessa Costilla, analyzed data of mower-related injuries requiring hospitalization from the National Hospital Discharge Survey from 1996 to 2003 and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System from 1996 to 2004.

According to the results, more than 663,000 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for lawn mower injuries between 1996 and 2004. More than 80,000 people required hospital treatment for lawn mower injuries in 2004, which means about 2 out of every 1,000 injury-related emergency room visits is because of a lawn mower injury.

The rate is about half the number treated for firearms injuries annually. In addition to strikes from flying projectiles, the most common causes of injury for people over age 15 were non-specific pain after mowing and injuries occurring while servicing the mower. The most common injury requiring hospitalization was fractures of the foot.

Based on the study results, Bishai recommends some safety tips to follow to avoid lawn-mowing injuries.
• Wear goggles, long pants and close-toed shoes with gripped soles
• Clear the yard of debris before mowing
• Keep everyone, especially small children, away from the yard while mowing
• People with histories of chest, back or joint pain should reconsider mowing
• Use care and wear protective gloves when servicing mower or changing blades
• Many injuries occur while lifting mower--get help if needed
• Never service the mower while it is running
• Mow only in good weather conditions--avoid mowing in high heat
• Do not use riding mower on steep hills or embankments
• Do not carry passengers on riding mowers or tow passengers behind the mower
• Do not allow children under the age of 16 to operate riding mower
• Store lawn mowers in area with minimal traffic and not accessible to children

"These are machines with sharp blades spinning at 160 miles per hour just inches away from our feet and hands. Everyone needs to respect the dangers and use common sense," said Bishai.
Injuries from Lawn Mowing Increase Nationwide...

Husqvarna Lawn Tractors

December 6, 2004
About 5,000 Husqvarna Lawn Tractors are being recalled. The tractors can develop abrasions on the fuel tank because of the fuel line clamps location, possibly resulting in a fuel tank leak, which could pose a fire hazard.

Husqvarna has received four reports of fuel tanks leaking. There have been no reports of fire or property damage.

These Husqvarna 18.5 horsepower, hydrostatic transmission, 42-inch cutting deck, lawn tractors are gasoline-powered and are designed for residential use. The recall involves models LTH18542A and LTH18542B and includes all serial numbers. The model plate with the model number information is found under the seat.

The tractors were sold at Husqvarna dealers and distributors nationwide from November 2003 through July 2004 for about $1,500.

Consumers who have one of the recalled lawn tractors should contact an authorized Husqvarna service provider in your area, which will provide a free repair.

For more information or to locate a Husqvarna dealer, call Husqvarna at (800) 448-7543 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firms Web site at www.usa.husqvarna.com

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).



Husqvarna Lawn Tractors...

Scag Tiger Cub Riding Lawn Tractors

December 6, 2004
Scag Power Equipment is recalling about 16,000 Tiger Cub Lawn Tractors. Fuel can leak out of the carburetor, posing a risk of fire and burn injuries.

Scag is aware of 20 incidents, all of which involved fires and damage to tractors. Two consumers received minor burn injuries to their hands as a result of trying to put out the fires.

The recalled zero-turn-radius riding lawn tractors are Cats Eye Gold with black trim, and have a vinyl seat. The body of the tractor has Scag Tiger Cub written in red on the side and front of the tractor. The following model and serial numbers can be found under the seat, next to the hydraulic pump on the right hand side.

Model NumbersSerial Numbers
STC40-17KA4910001-4910004; 5810001-5810310; 6570001-6570250
STC48-19KA5870001-5870071
STC48A-19KA5880001-5880511; 6580001-6580550; 7630001-7630875; 8400001-8404750
STC48-21KA5820001-5820050
STC48A-21KA4920001-4920002; 5890001-5890561; 6600001-6601150; 7650001-7650975; 8420001-8420342
STC52A-21KA5900001-5900117; 6610001-6610150
STC52A-23KA5910001-5910571; 6620001-6620900; 7670001-7671298; 8430001-8430600
STC61A-25KA8440001-8441794

Authorized Scag Power equipment dealers nationwide sold the tractors from November 1999 through July 2003 for between $5,000 and $8,000.

Consumers should stop using these tractors immediately and contact a Scag Equipment dealer for a free repair. The company is directly notifying those consumers who completed and returned warranty cards.

Consumer Contact: For information on locating a dealer near you, contact Scag Equipment Customer Service toll-free at (866) 821-9208 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

 

Scag Tiger Cub Riding Lawn Tractors...

Exmark Lazer Z Zero Turn Radius Riding Lawn Mowers

December 6, 2004
Exmark is recalling the Lazer Z EFI zero turn radius riding lawn mowers. A hole can develop in the fuel line, resulting in a leak that could present a fire hazard.

The 2004 Model Lazer Z zero-turn (ZRT) riding mowers with 60-inch and 72-inch decks are equipped with electric fuel injection engines as follows:

ModelSerial Range Description Suggested
Retail Price
LZ28KC604440000-50053928HP ZRT w/60 deck $11,099
LZ28KC724440000-500612 28HP ZRT w/72 deck$11,432

All products are equipped with a foldable roll-over protection bar. The model and serial number decal can be found on the frame below the seat.

Authorized Exmark dealers sold these riding lawn mowers nationwide from July 2003 to September 2004.

Consumers should stop using these Exmark riding mowers and contact their local Authorized Exmark Service Dealer to schedule a time to install a free replacement fuel line. For more information, contact Exmark at (800) 479-8379 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers can also visit the firm's web site at www.Exmark.com.

Exmark has notified registered owners directly.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).



Exmark Lazer Z Zero Turn Radius Riding Lawn Mowers...

John Deere Riding Mowers Recall

November 24, 2004
John Deere & Co. is recalling about 4,400 GX85 and SX85 riding lawn mowers. The fuel tanks can crack and leak fuel presenting a potential for fire or burn injuries.

John Deere is aware of 37 instances of replacement of the fuel tank under warranty. There have been no reports of fires, injuries or property damage.

The recalled lawn mowers are green with yellow trim and have either GX85 or SX 85 on the side of the riding mower and a John Deere symbol on the front end and involve the following machines:

ModelSerial Numbers
GX85MOGX85X145887 through 149328
SX85MOSX85X125374 through 126508

The mowers were sold by authorized John Deere dealers in the United States and Canada from November 2003 through July 2003 for between $2,000 and $2,400.

The company is directly notifying those consumers who purchased affected mowers. . Consumers should stop using their tractors immediately and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact John Deeres Customer Communications Center at (800) 537-8233 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET Saturday or at the John Deere web site at www.johndeere.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).



John Deere Riding Mowers Recall...

Simplicity, Massey Ferguson, AGCO Lawn Tractors Recalled

June 20, 2004
About 6,000 riding mowers sold under the Massey Ferguson, Simplicity and AGCO brand names are being recalled because of a problem with the automatic shut-off.

A safety switch under the seat of these lawn tractors and riding mowers is designed to stop the mower blade within 5 seconds of the operator leaving the tractor seat.

The recalled mowers blades can continue to turn longer than 5 seconds after the operator leaves the seat, posing a laceration and amputation hazard.

No injuries have been reported.

The recalled lawn tractors and riding mowers, designed for non- commercial use, include Regent/500/2500 Series lawn tractors, Coronet/2400 Series riding mowers, and Lancer/4400 Series riding mowers with the following model and serial numbers:

Regent/500/2500 Series:

Product SeriesModel NumberSerial Number
Regent, 15-hp169391109000-09439
Regent, 15-hp169432109000-10015
Regent, 15-hp169431400166-00334
Regent, 16-hp169391509000-11368
Regent, 16-hp169420009000-09120, 10000-10411
Regent, 16-hp169431309000-09060, 10000-10001
Regent, 17-hp169391809000-09050
515H, 15-hp169432309000-09027
516H, 16-hp169393509000-09034
2515H, 15-hp169432509000-09011
2526H, 16-hp169434309000-09025

Coronet/2400/RT Series:

Product SeriesModel NumberSerial Number
Coronet, 13-hp169446200001-00599
Coronet, 16-hp169446300001-00346
Coronet, 13-hp169451000001-00098
2413H, 13-hp169446400001-00028

Lancer/4400 Series:

Product SeriesModel NumberSerial Number
Lancer, 17-hp169429202000-02016
4417, 17-hp169429402000-02160

 

The mowers were sold at independent lawn mower dealers nationwide from June 2003 through May 2004 for between $2,000 and $3,750.

Consumers should contact the dealership where the lawn tractor or riding mower was purchased to have a free replacement seat safety switch installed.

Consumer Contact: Call Simplicity at (800) 357-8244 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday visit the firms Web site at www.simplicitymfg.com, or write to Simplicity Manufacturing, 500 N. Spring Street, Port Washington, WI 53074.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Simplicity, Massey Ferguson, AGCO Lawn Tractors Recalled...

John Deere Recalls Compact Utility Tractors

April 9, 2004
John Deere & Co. is recalling about 300 compact utility tractors to fix a problem in the roll cage.

Some of the steel bolts used to secure Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) to the tractors real axle can shear off, decreasing the strength of the ROPS and its ability to protect the operator in the event of a roll over incident.

John Deere is aware of three incidents where the bolts have sheared off, all which were discovered during factory inspections. There have been no reported injuries.

These vehicles are small agricultural tractors that are green with yellow seats and wheels. The following model and serial numbers can be found on the serial number plate on the tractors frame:

ModelSerial Range
4210 CUT with Hydrostatic TransmissionLV4210H320674 through LV4210H320773
4310 CUT with Hydrostatic TransmissionLV4310H331062 through LV4310H331359
4310 CUT with PowrReverser TransmissionLV4310P335452 through LV4310P335550
4410 CUT with Hydrostatic TransmissionLV4410H340381 through LV4410H340592
4410 CUT with PowrReverser TransmissionLV4410P345138 through LV4410P345179

Authorized John Deere dealers sold the tractors nationwide during January and February 2004 for between $18,000 and $21,500.

The company is directly notifying purchasers. Consumers should stop using their tractors immediately and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact John Deeres Customer Communications Center at (800) 537-8233 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday, or at the John Deere Web site at www.johndeere.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

John Deere Recalls Compact Utility Tractors...

Murray Recalls Lawn Tractors

March 23, 2004
Murray Inc. is recalling nearly 100,000 Murray lawn tractors with remote-mounted fuel tanks The fuel tank can develop cracks allowing fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard.

These 40- and 42-inch-cut lawn tractors come with a 1.4 gallon remote fuel tank. They come in red and black or all black. The model number can be found on a nameplate located under the seat. The following model numbers are included in recall:

40507X8
40536X4
405618X81
42504X71
42504X99
42510
42512X99
42542X6
42543X6
425610X99
425612X99
42575X81

The units were sold at lawn equipment retailers, including Home Depot, Central Tractor and the U.S. Army Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) nationwide from January 1997 through October 2002 for between $859 and $1,259.

Consumers should stop using their lawn tractor immediately and contact a Murray Service Center with the model number to have a free replacement fuel tank installed on their mower.

For more information, consumers should call Murray or visit their Web site at www.murray.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Murray Recalls Lawn Tractors...

Murray Recalls Lawn Equipment

March 23, 2004
Murray is recalling about 8,000 lawn mowers, lawn tractors and garden tractors. Plastic components can crack if they are struck by an object thrown from the blade. Objects can be ejected from the mower unexpectedly and could hit those nearby.

The recall includes certain 20-, 21-, and 22-inch walk-behind lawn mowers; certain 30-inch mid-engine riding lawn mowers; certain 38-, 40-, 42-, and 46-inch lawn tractors; and certain 46-inch garden tractors. They are red, black or gray. Murray is written on the body of the mowers.

The model number can be found on the units nameplate located under the seat of the lawn tractors and at the rear of the mower housing on the walk-behind mowers. The following model numbers are included in recall:

309029X92
387002X92
405000X8
425620X92
425001X8
425014X92
425015X92
461004X92
465306X8
201010X18
20112X92
218950X92
22265X8
223310X8
224110X8
225113X92
226111X92

The machines were sold at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Northern Tool nationwide from November 2003 through February 2004. The walk-behind mowers sold for between $99 and $368. The riding mowers sold for between $758 and $1,748.

Consumers should stop using the recalled lawn equipment immediately and contact a Murray Service Center with the model number and date of manufacture (found on the nameplate) for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should call Murray toll free at (800) 316-1073 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.murray.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Murray Recalls Lawn Equipment...

Husqvarna Lawn Mower Recall

October 24, 2003

Husqvarna is recalling the Royal 53S or ROY53INTEK walk-behind lawn mower models with serial numbers between 24600001 to 31000205.

A loose blade bolt could cause the blade to come loose or the blade adapter to crack, resulting in the blade falling off. Should this condition occur, the operator or a bystander could be injured.

Husqvarna has received 15 reports of blades coming off, 41 reports of loose blades and one report of a consumer being struck in the toe by a blade.

The walk-behind lawn mowers are gas-powered and have an orange body with a black push-handle. They are capable of being operated with or without a bag attachment. The model number and serial number can be found on a decal mounted above the left rear wheel axle.

The mowers were distributed by Husqvarna dealerships and Lowe's Home Improvement Centers from December 2002 through August 2003 for about $500.

Contact Husqvarna technical support representatives to receive a free service kit including a new blade adapter, blade bolt, and associated hardware with a complimentary blade to be installed by a Husqvarna dealer.

Husqvarna technical support representatives are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday at (800) 448-7543 Ext. 3.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Husqvarna Lawn Mower Recall...

Honda Recalls Walk-Behind Lawn Mower

October 15, 2003

Honda is recalling about 30,000 Harmony Walk-Behind Lawnmowers because of a problem with the crankshaft.

If the lawnmower strikes an object with sufficient force, the crankshaft can bend. Vibration created by a bent crankshaft can eventually result in a fatigue failure of the Roto-stop blade brake control assembly. This can allow the cutting blade to continue rotating after the blade control lever is released, posing a risk of injury.

American Honda has received six reports of broken stop plates. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

The recalled models are Honda Harmony 21-inch, walk-behind mowers with model numbers HRB216TXA or HRB216HXA. The model numbers are located on a metal plate behind the engine, just in front of the rear discharge opening. These black and red mowers have "Honda Harmony" printed in white on the front.

The mowers were sold at power equipment dealers and Home Depot stores nationwide from November 2000 through June 2003 for between $700 and $760.

Honda Lawn and Garden dealers will repair these mowers by replacing the Roto-stopTM mechanism.

To locate a servicing Honda Lawn and Garden dealer, consumers should call American Honda at (800) 426-7701 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or go to the Web site at www.hondapowerequipment.com.

Honda Recalls Walk-Behind Lawn Mower...

Murray Lawn Tractor Recall

March 6, 2003

Murray Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 270,000 riding lawn tractors. The fuel tank can crack and leak fuel, posing a burn and fire hazard to consumers.

Murray has received 101 reports of fuel tanks leaking. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled lawn tractors were sold under the MURRAY and STANLEY brand names and have 38-, 40-, 42-, 46-, and 52-inch cutting decks. The brand name is printed on the front or side of the lawn tractor and the model number can be found on a nameplate under the seat. The following models are included in this recall:



405014X92405015X9240508X92425007X9242515X92
42516X92425302X92425303X92425614X9242576X92
465305X92465603X9246581X92425605X692465606X692
525607X692405002X8425003X8425008X8425009X8
42544X838560X18142583X6465616X640541
46561740541X99425611X99465612X99465615X99
465622X99425003X71465619X71465620X71

Retail and hardware stores, including Wal-Mart and Home Depot, sold the lawn tractors nationwide from November 2000 through January 2003 for between $800 and $1,500.

Consumers should stop using these lawn tractors immediately and contact the nearest Murray Service Dealer for a free replacement fuel tank. For more information, consumers should contact Murray at (800) 876-1634 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the company's web site at www.murray.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Murray Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 270,000 riding lawn tractors. The fuel tank can crack and leak fuel, posing a burn and fire hazard to consumers....

Black & Decker RecallsCordless Electric Lawn Mowers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2002 -- Black & Decker is voluntarily recalling to repair about 140,000 cordless electric lawn mowers. An electrical component in the lawn mower can overheat, posing a possible fire hazard.

Black & Decker has received 11 reports of electrical components overheating. One of these resulted in a minor hand burn and nine resulted in reports of minor property damage extending beyond the mower.

The mowers were sold under both the Black & Decker and Craftsman brand names. The recalled Black & Decker cordless electric lawn mowers have the model number CMM1000 or CMM1000R and date codes from 9534 through 200230, both of which are located on the silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. The lawn mowers have either an orange or green deck cover with a black motor cover. The lawn mowers have the words "Black & Decker" and "Cordless" on top of the motor cover.

The Craftsman-brand mowers, which were sold at Sears, have model number 900.370520 and include all date codes. The model number is located on the silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. The Sears lawn mowers have a dark green deck with a black motor cover. The lawn mowers have the words "Craftsman" and "24 Volt Cordless" on top of the motor cover.

Home centers, hardware and discount stores nationwide sold the Black & Decker lawn mowers from February 1996 through August 2002 for between $360 and $400. Craftsman-brand mowers were sold at Sears stores nationwide from January 1998 through December 2000 for between $360 and $400.

Consumers with either brand recalled lawn mower should stop using it immediately. Black & Decker mower owners should call Black & Decker toll-free at (866) 229-5570 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or log onto the company's web site at www.blackanddecker.com to receive information on the free repair.

Craftsman mower owners should take their mower to the nearest Sears store or Sears product repair center for a free repair.

Black & Decker recalled 1,300 cordless electric mowers with model number CMM1000R on January 23, 2002. For more information about that recall, contact Black & Decker at the toll-free number listed above. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Black & Decker Recalls Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers...

Hustler "FasTrak" Riding Mowers Recalled

FasTrak Recalls Riding Mowers

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2002 -- Excel Industries Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 1,500 Hustler "FasTrak" riding lawn mowers. Excessive heat, vibrations and wear cause the fuel line to droop over time and rub against the transmission fan, causing the fuel line to be cut. This poses a fire hazard and a risk of burn injuries to consumers.

Excel has received two reports of incidents where gasoline leaks were discovered. No injuries or property damage have been reported. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

This recall involves Hustler "FasTrak" riding mowers with 44- and 52-inch decks. The riding mowers are yellow and black with the "FasTrak" logo printed on both sides. The model and serial number of the mower can be found on an identification plate on the left side of the frame in front of the fuel tank, below the operator's platform.

Model NumberSerial Number
926501P01107001 to P01107003 and 01127001 to 02057338
92651901127008 to 02057218
92652702027112
92659201117001 to 02057263
92660002027111 to 02057243
92677402047277 to 02057128
Excessive heat, vibrations and wear cause the fuel line to droop over time, causing the fuel line to be cut. This poses a fire hazard and a risk of burn in...

Murray Riding Lawn Mowers Recalled

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2002 -- Murray Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 89,500 rear-engine riding lawn mowers and about 6,200 mid-engine riding mowers. The fuel tank can crack and leak fuel, posing a burn or fire hazard to consumers.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC).

Murray has received 950 reports of fuel tanks leaking. These leaks resulted in six reports of fires including one report of minor burns.

Rear-Engine Riding Mowers

The recalled riding lawn mowers have 30" cutting decks. The mowers were sold under Murray, Murray Select, Craftsman and Wizard brand names. The brand name is printed on the front or side of the mowers. Model numbers can be found under the seat or on a nameplate on the rear of the mower. Models included in this recall include:

3056030560x530560x6030560x99
3056530575x730575x830575x31
30577x730577x830577x31502.251250
502.256210502.256220502.270210502.270211
536.270212MOM6115A59MOM6115A89

Department and hardware stores, including Sears, Western Auto and Home Depot, sold the riding mowers nationwide from January 1995 through January 2002 for between $700 and $1,200.

Mid-Engine Riding Mowers

The recalled mid-engine riding mowers have 30" cutting decks and the brand names "Murray" and "Yard King" printed on the front. A nameplate under the seat of the mower displays the model number. Models involved in this recall are 309005X10, 309304X8 and 309306X89.

Department and hardware stores including Home Depot and Western Auto, sold the mid-engine mowers nationwide from February 2001 through January 2002 for between $800 and $950.

Consumers should stop using these riding mowers immediately and contact their nearest Murray Service Dealer for a free replacement fuel tank. For more information, consumers should contact Murray toll-free at (800) 246-5896 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's web site at www.murray.com. Consumers with Craftsman rear-engine mowers should contact Sears toll-free at (800) 659-7026 anytime.

Murray Riding Lawn Mowers Recalled...

Poulan Pro, WEED EATER, Husqvarna and Jonsered Lawn Tractors Recalled

Fuel Leak Hazard

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2001 -- WCI Outdoor Products is recalling about 35,000 lawn tractors to replace their 2-gallon fuel tanks. The tank in the lawn tractor can crack and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.

WCI has received 76 reports of the fuel tanks on these lawn tractors cracking. No injuries have been reported.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The recall involves lawn tractors sold under the brand names Poulan Pro, WEED EATER, Husqvarna and Jonsered. They have the manufacture ID number and serial date codes listed below, located under the tractor seat on the fender.

Brand
MFG. ID Number
SERIAL Date
Service Repair Center
 Poulan Pro PR1742ST(A)(B)(C)(D)
 PR17H42ST(A)(B)(C)
 PR18542ST(A)(B)(C)
 PR185H42ST(C)(D)
Range
(MO/DA/YR)


110700
through
082101
 (800) 849-1297
 www.poulan.com
 PR20H42ST(B)(C)(D)
 PRK17G42ST(A)(B)
 PRK17H42ST(A)(B)
 (800) 358-1097
 www.sears.com
 WEED EATER S165H42(A) (800) 849-1297
 www.poulan.com
 Husqvarna YTH1542(A)(B)(C)
 YTH1746(A)(B)
 (800) 438-7297
 www.husqvarna.com
 Jonsered JNA1542(A)
 JNA15H42(A)
 (877) 693-7729

Department, home and hardware stores, including authorized dealerships of the brand names listed, sold the recalled tractors from November 2000 through September 2001 for between $1,000 and $2,000.

Consumers should stop using these lawn tractors immediately and contact the appropriate service center listed above for a free repair. For more information, call WCI Outdoor Products Inc toll-free at (866) 284-8872 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Poulan Pro, WEED EATER, Husqvarna and Jonsered Lawn Tractors Recalled...

Ranch King Tractors

WASHINGTON, July 29 -- WCI Outdoor Products is recalling about 1,600 Ranch King tractors to repair a fuel line.

The existing fuel line on these tractors can be misrouted near the ground drive belt or steering gears, which can result in it becoming damaged or cut, and allowing gasoline to spill. This poses a risk of fire and burn injuries to consumers.

The recall was announced in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

WCI says it has received one report of a minor fire and two reports of damaged fuel lines. No injuries have been reported.

There are two models of the tractors being recalled. There are more than 1,500 Ranch King 18.5 HP tractors being recalled, with the manufacturer's ID: RK185H46A. There are more than 150 Ranch King Pro 20 HP tractors being recalled, with the manufacturer's ID: RK20H46A. The recalled tractors' serial number ranges are listed below:

18.5 HP Tractors
20 HP Tractors 022399D 001802 - 022399D 002071
032299D 002072 - 032299D 002701
032499D 002702 - 032499D 003331 022399D 001602 - 022399D 001761


The serial number and manufacturer's ID are on a label affixed to the fender, under the seat. These hydrostatic drive tractors were sold with a 46-inch mower deck. "Ranch King" or "Ranch King Pro" are written on the sides of these tractors.

Quality Farm & Fleet stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee sold these tractors exclusively. They were sold from February 23, 1999 through May 28, 1999 for $1,399 or $1,699, depending on the model purchased.

Consumers should stop using these tractors immediately. Consumers should call WCI Outdoor Products, Inc. to determine if their tractor is part of this recall, and to arrange for a free repair if needed. For more information, call WCI Outdoor Products, Inc. at (888) 677 2995 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Consumers should have the manufacturer's ID and the serial number of their tractor available when they call.


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