July 25, 2006
Deere & Co. Recall Compact Utility Tractors for Seat Belt Bracket Failure Hazard
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: John Deere 3000 Twenty Series and 4000 Twenty Series Open Station Compact Utility Tractors
Units: About 2,800
Manufacturer: Deere & Co., of Moline, Ill.
Hazard: The seat bracket to which the seat belt is attached could have been positioned incorrectly during the manufacturing process resulting in a poor weld. In a tractor roll over, the weight of the operator could cause the bracket to break off of the seat's pivot plate.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
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:
||LV3120H210126 through 210552
||LV3320E138296 & 245001 through 245250
LV3320F139038 & 250001 through 250015
LV3320H230163 through 231295
LV3320P240043 through 240199
||LV3520E270019 through 270240
LV3520F275002 through 275029
LV3520H258079 & 258205 through 258988
LV3520P266001 through 266169
||LV3720E290014 through 290325
LV3720H280020 through 280669
||LV4120H310005 through 310220
LV4120P317068 through 317435
||LV4320E338001 through 338011
LV4320F339002 through 339008
LV4320H320037 through 320562
LV4320P330037 through 330286
||LV4520E358001 through 358223
LV4520F360006 through 360052
LV4520H250391 & 340043 through 340385
LV4520P255680 & 347024 through 347334
||LV4720H370053 through 370771
Sold at: Authorized John Deere dealers nationwide from October 2005 through March 2006 for between $17,000 and $28,300.
Manufactured In: United States
Remedy: The company is directly notifying those consumers who purchased an affected tractor. Consumers should contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact John Deere's Customer Contact Center 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. ET Saturday, or go to John Deere'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.
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