PhotoDeere & Company of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 50 backhoe attachments for compact utility tractors.


The mounting hardware could loosen and cause the backhoe frame to rotate toward the operator, posing a crushing hazard.


No incidents or injuries have been reported.


This recall involves John Deere model 485A backhoe attachments for John Deere compact utility tractors 4044M, 4044R, 4049M, 4049R, 4052M, 4052R, 4066M and 4066R with serial numbers beginning with 1LV0485ACG0030+++.


The backhoe attachments are green and have the leaping deer John Deere logo printed on the side. The model number 485A is printed on both sides of the backhoe attachments. The serial number is located on the rear of the backhoe mainframe.


The backhoe attachments, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at John Deere dealers nationwide from May 2016, through June 2016, for about $10,700.


What to do


Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled backhoe attachments and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair. John Deere is contacting all registered owners directly.


Consumers may contact Deere & Company at 800-537-8233 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (ET) or online at and click on “Services & Support” at the top of the page and then on “Recall Information” on the left side of the page.  



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