Laceration Hazard Prompts Recall of John Deere Tractors

The reverse implement option system can fail, posing a laceration hazard to bystanders

Laceration Hazard Prompts Recall of John Deere Tractors
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August 4, 2016

John Deere is recalling roughly 5,400 lawn and garden tractors, plus an additional 166 sold in Canada, due to a laceration hazard.

The reverse implement option (RIO) system can fail, posing a laceration hazard to bystanders. RIO is a safety system that shuts off power to the mower blades when the machine is placed into reverse.

This recall involves John Deere models X710, X730, X734, X738, and X739 lawn and garden tractors with serial numbers beginning with 1M0X. A complete list of serial numbers included in this recall is available on the company's website. The lawn and garden tractors have John Deere printed on the side and are green and yellow with yellow rims. The model number is on both sides of the engine hood. The serial number is located on the right side below the foot rest.

The recalled tractors were sold at John Deere independent dealers nationwide from December 2015 through July 2016 for between $8,800 and $11,700.

Although there have been no incidents or injuries related to this recall reported, consumers should immediately stop using these recalled tractors and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair.

John Deere is contacting all registered owners of the recalled lawn and garden tractors directly.

For more information, consumers can contact Deere and Company at (800) 537-8233.