10/28/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Moline, IL—Deere & Company, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, voluntarily recalled John Deere EZtrak Zero Turn Lawn Mowers with Foot Lift and Zero Turn Mowers with Premium Foot Lift Kits due to injury risks they pose. The CPSC announced the product safety recall, which affects about 6,450 mowers with foot lifts and 300 Premium Foot Lift Kits, on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

According to the CPSC news release, “A bolt in the right-hand steering lever can catch on the tab of the foot lift stop and lock in place, causing the steering lever to remain in the forward travel position, posing an injury hazard to the driver… There were no injuries reported.”

The recall includes “Z445 mowers with 54 inch high capacity deck and Z445 or Z465 Zero-Turn Mower with Premium Foot Lift features.” The model number can be found at the front of the mower’s foot platform, while the serial number tag can be located under the seat.

The recall affects the following model and serial numbers:

Z445 Zero-Turn Mower with 54 High Capacity Deck

• M0Z445R060001 through M0Z445R062255

• M0Z445R084127 through M0Z445R084153

• M0Z445R080001 through M0Z445R083720

• M0Z445R084155 through M0Z445R084168

• M0Z445R083722 through M0Z445R084029

• M0Z445R084170 through M0Z445R084192

• M0Z445R084031 through M0Z445R084125

• M0Z445R084241 through M0Z445R084244

BM22809 Premium Foot Lift Kit (kit may have been installed on the units within the following serial number ranges)

Z445 with 54C deck:

M0Z445C060001 through M0Z445C067537

Z465 with 62C deck:

M0Z465E080162 through M0Z465E080437

M0Z465T060001 through M0Z465T061470

M0Z465T080001 through M0Z465T080161

M0Z465T080438 through M0Z465T082486

The potentially dangerous John Deere EZtrak Zero Turn Lawn Mowers with Foot Lift and Zero Turn Mowers with Premium Foot Lift Kits were sold at all U.S.-based John Deere dealers, excluding California.

The Z445 Zero-Turn Mower with 54 High Capacity Deck valued at approximately $5,300 and was on the market from January 2009 to September 2010. BM22809 Premium Foot Lift Kits, on the other hand, sold for about $80 between February 2009 and September 2010.

The CPSC news release noted, “Customers should stop using the mowers immediately and contact a John Deere dealer to make arrangements to have the lift stop bracket removed from their machine. All John Deere tractor dealers were notified of this recall and registered owners of the recalled mowers will be directly contacted by the firm.”

Consumers with questions or concerns are advised to contact Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. Additional information can also be found on the company’s Web site at www.johndeere.com.

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