March 20, 2001
Alert #01-511

CPSC, Deere & Company Recall Gator Utility Vehicles

PRODUCT: Utility Vehicles - Deere & Company, of Moline, Ill., is recalling about 550 Gator Utility Vehicles. The recalled models include the 4X2 Gators, 6X4 Gators, and Turf Gators manufactured between October 2000 and November 2000. The off-road vehicles are four- or six-wheeled and have the model number painted on the side of a cargo box, which is attached to the back of the vehicle. The utility vehicles were sold through authorized John Deere Dealers nationwide from November 2000 through February 2001 for between $6,000 and $10,000.

PROBLEM: During manufacturing, an extra internal vent line was attached to the plastic vent fitting on some fuel tanks. If the fuel inside the gas tank expands, it can leak out through the extra vent line and onto the ground, presenting fire and burn hazards.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES:Deere & Company has received three reports of fuel leaks. No fires or injuries have been reported.

WHAT TO DO:Stop using the vehicle immediately. If it is stored inside, push the vehicle outside to a well-ventilated area and loosen the fuel cap (one-quarter turn) to equalize pressure. Consumers should call the John Deere Dealer where the vehicle was purchased, to get a free inspection and repair. For more information, call Deere & Company toll- free at (800) 537-8233 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Deere & Company has sent notices to known purchasers.
picture of recalled product