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.