|July 20, 2001
CPSC, The Toro Company Announce Recall of Riding Mowers
PRODUCT: Riding Mowers - The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minn., is voluntarily recalling approximately 39,000 Toro and Exmark brand commercial duty zero turn radius riding mowers. The recall involves Toro and Exmark mowers equipped with engine sizes from 17 to 26 HP and mowing deck widths from 44 to 72 inches. Toro and Exmark commercial dealers sold these riding mowers nationwide between January 1998 through March 2001 for between $6300 to $11,200.
The mowers can be identified from a decal located on the right side of the operating console below the seat. Included are:
Exmark Lazer HP Models:
Exmark Lazer Models:
Toro Zmaster Z-100 Series Models:
Toro Zmaster Z-200 Series Models:
PROBLEM: Spilled fuel can ignite during refueling when fuel vapors are drawn into the hot muffler.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Toro has received 28 reports of fires and 12 reports of minor burn injuries, mainly to commercial users.
WHAT TO DO: Call Exmark at 800-479-8379 or Toro at 888-577-7466 for assistance in determining if the riding mower is part of the recall. If so, local Exmark or Toro dealers will install a spark arrester and (selected Exmark models only) a new fuel tank for free. Registered owners should already have been contacted by letter.
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