John Deere Recalls Gator Utility Vehicles

Consumers should stop using utility vehicles with the recalled engines and contact a John Deere dealer to have the fuel filter replaced.

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

John Deere Gator utility vehicle.

Name of Product: Utility Vehicles

Units: About 4,340

Manufacturer of Utility Vehicles: Deere & Company of Moline, Ill.

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

Hazard: The fuel filter can leak, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves John Deere TH, TS and TX-model Gator utility vehicles that have Kawasaki FE, FH and FJ series engines. The model information is located on the vehicle’s cargo box. Only utility vehicles with the below serial numbers are included in this recall. The serial number is on the vertical frame directly below the driver’s seat.

Serial Numbers:
1M04X2SJ++M070915 to 1M04X2SJ++M072247
1M04X2XC++M070040 to 1M04X2XC++M070213
1M04X2XD++M070314 to 1M04X2XD++M072731
1M06X4HD++M070049 to 1M06X4HD++M070372

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

Recalled Fuel Filter for Kawasaki Motors engines

Sold at: John Deere dealers nationwide from November 2011 to August 2012 for between $6,600 and $9,400.

Manufactured in: U.S.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using utility vehicles with the recalled engines and contact a John Deere dealer to have the fuel filter replaced. John Deere is contacting all registered owners of the recalled utility vehicles directly.

Consumer Contact: Deere and Company; (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 or www.johndeere.com

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing and speech impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.

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