July 15, 2003
Alert #03-548

CPSC, Toro Company Recall Riding Lawn Mowers

The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily 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.

Name of Product: TimeCutter Z Riding Lawn Mowers

Units: 7,500

Manufacturer: Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minn.

Hazard: The actuator arm could fail, resulting in a loss of transmission control and risk of personal injury.

Incidents/Injuries: One consumer reported loss of control resulting in a tip over. The consumer received a black eye, along with cuts and bruises.


ModelSerial RangeDescription
74301 230000001-230003210 14 HP 38-inch cut zero-turn radius tractor
74325 230000001-230000500 16 HP 42-inch cut zero-turn radius tractor
74330 230000001-230003070 16 HP 42-inch cut zero-turn radius tractor
74350 230000001-230001145 17 HP 42-inch cut zero-turn radius tractor

The model and serial number decal can be found on the frame below the seat.

Sold At: Authorized Toro dealers sold these tractors nationwide from January 2003 to April 2003 for between $2700 and $3300.

Manufactured In: U.S.A.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using their riding mowers until free repairs can be made. Contact a Toro dealer immediately for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Toro on (800) 525-0059, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit www.toro.com. If purchased in Canada call (800) 718-8996.

 Picture of recalled riding lawn mower