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John Deere recalls compact utility loader

Information on loader ballast is missing from the owner's manual

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Deere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 13,000 John Deere 120R compact utility tractor loaders sold in the U.S. and Canada.

Information about the proper ballast when the loader is attached to a John Deere model 2025R tractor is missing from the operator’s manual. If improperly ballasted, the tractor can be unstable and create a risk of injury to the operator or bystanders.

No incidents or injuries are reported.

This recall involves John Deere model 120R loaders that attach to 2025R tractors.

The recalled loaders are mostly green with yellow accents. The model number 120R is located on both sides of the loader. The serial number is located on the inside of the left boom arm of the loader.

A list of serial numbers included in this recall is available at

The loaders, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at John Deere dealers nationwide from May 2017, through September 2017, for about $3,600.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled loaders and contact an authorized John Deere dealer for a free correction of the operator’s manual. John Deere is contacting all known purchasers of the recalled loaders directly.

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

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