|November 18, 2003
CPSC, Deere & Company Announce Recall of Gator Utility Vehicles
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: Gator Utility Vehicles
Manufacturer: Deere & Company, of Moline, Ill.
Hazard: Improper crimping of the brake cables could lead to reduced braking capacity, and in some cases, to failure of the foot pedal brake.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves Gator Utility Vehicles that are 4- to 6-wheeled vehicles with cargo boxes. The words "John Deere" and "Gator" appear on the side of the cargo box.
||Serial Number Range
|4X2 and 4X2 Trail
||W004X2X095289 through W004X2X098332
|6X4 and 6X4 Trail
||W006X4X071973 through W006X4X072981
|6X4 Diesel and 6X4 Diesel Trail
||W006X4D035805 through W006X4D036371
||W00TURF018875 through W00TURF019098
||W0E4X2E011277 through W0E4X2E011345
||W0W6X4D011176 through W0W6X4D011218
Sold At: Authorized John Deere dealers nationwide from June 2003 through September 2003 for between $6,300 and $11,000.
Manufactured In: Canada.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled vehicles and contact the nearest John Deere dealer to schedule an appointment to have a new brake cable installed free of charge.
Consumer Contact: Consumers can also contact Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Consumers can also go to the firm's web site at www.deere.com.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to 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 30 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @OnSafety or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.