CPSC, The Toro Company Announce Recall of Riding Mowers

July 20, 2001
Alert #01-526
 

CPSC, The Toro Company Announce Recall of Riding Mowers

PRODUCT: Riding Mowers - The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minn., is voluntarily recalling approximately 39,000 Toro and Exmark brand commercial duty zero turn radius riding mowers. The recall involves Toro and Exmark mowers equipped with engine sizes from 17 to 26 HP and mowing deck widths from 44 to 72 inches. Toro and Exmark commercial dealers sold these riding mowers nationwide between January 1998 through March 2001 for between $6300 to $11,200.

The mowers can be identified from a decal located on the right side of the operating console below the seat. Included are:

Exmark Lazer HP Models:
LHP4417KA
LHP4419KA
LHP4819KA
LHP4821KA
LHP5223KA
LHP4418KC
LHP4818KC
LHP4820KC
LHP5220KC
LHP5223KC

Exmark Lazer Models:
LZ22LKA523
LZ23LKA523
LZ23LKA524
LZ22LKA604
LZ23LKA424
LZ27LKA604
LZ27LKA724
LZ26KC604
LZ26KC724
LZ23KA604

Toro Zmaster Z-100 Series Models:
74170
74171
74172
74173
74174
74175
74176
74178
74179
74197
74198

Toro Zmaster Z-200 Series Models:
74211
74212
74213
74214
74216
74218
74219
74240
74241

PROBLEM: Spilled fuel can ignite during refueling when fuel vapors are drawn into the hot muffler.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Toro has received 28 reports of fires and 12 reports of minor burn injuries, mainly to commercial users.

WHAT TO DO: Call Exmark at 800-479-8379 or Toro at 888-577-7466 for assistance in determining if the riding mower is part of the recall. If so, local Exmark or Toro dealers will install a spark arrester and (selected Exmark models only) a new fuel tank for free. Registered owners should already have been contacted by letter.
picture of recalled riding mower