|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2004
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: John Deere Compact Utility Tractors
Manufacturer: John Deere, of Moline, Ill.
Hazard: Some of the steel bolts used to secure Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) to the tractor's real axle can shear off, decreasing the strength of the ROPS and its ability to protect the operator in the event of a roll over incident.
Incidents/Injuries: John Deere is aware of three incidents where the bolts have sheared off, all which were discovered during factory inspections. There have been no reported injuries.
Description: These vehicles are small agricultural tractors that are green with yellow seats and wheels. The following model and serial numbers can be found on the serial number plate on the tractor's frame:
|4210 CUT with Hydrostatic Transmission||LV4210H320674 through LV4210H320773|
|4310 CUT with Hydrostatic Transmission||LV4310H331062 through LV4310H331359|
|4310 CUT with PowrReverser Transmission||LV4310P335452 through LV4310P335550|
|4410 CUT with Hydrostatic Transmission||LV4410H340381 through LV4410H340592|
|4410 CUT with PowrReverser Transmission||LV4410P345138 through LV4410P345179|
Sold at: Authorized John Deere dealers nationwide during January and February 2004 for between $18,000 and $21,500.
Manufactured In: United States of America
Remedy: The company is directly notifying purchasers. Consumers should stop using their tractors immediately and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact John Deere's Customer Communications Center at (800) 537-8233 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday, or at the John Deere Web site at www.johndeere.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help 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 40 years.
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