John Deere Tractor Dangers

I previously wrote about safety during yardwork.  Now the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has announed the recall of several John Deere lawn tractor models:

John Deere X300, X300R and X304 series tractors

Manufacturer of Tractors: Deere & Company, of Moline, Ill.

Manufacturer of Engines: Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA of Grand Rapids,
Mich.

Hazard: 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.

Incidents/Injuries: 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.

Description: 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

Sold at: Nationwide at John Deere dealers in the U.S. from September 2010 to August 2011 for between about $3,000 and $4,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: 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.

Source:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11752.html

D100 Lawn Tractors

Manufacturer: Deere & Company of Moline, Ill.

Hazard: 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.

Incidents/Injuries: None

Description: 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

Sold at: John Deere dealers, Lowe’s, and Home Depot stores nationwide, except California, from October 2010 through September 2011 for about $1,500.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn tractors and contact the company for a free hardware inspection and repair.

Source:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11326.html

D100, D110, D120, D130 Tractors

Manufacturer: Deere & Company of Moline, Ill.

Hazard: Hardware used to hold the mower blade brake assemblies on the mower decks can break. This can cause the mower blades to spin longer than normal after the operator turns off the power, posing a laceration hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None

Description: 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

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

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn tractors and contact the company for a free hardware inspection and repair.

Source:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11325.html

Please feel free to contact me if you have a personal injury or wrongful death or products liability matter involving a humidifier that you would like to discuss.  I’ll be happy to see if I can give you a hand.

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