Products Liability Law Daily Crash hazard prompts recall of nearly 20K John Deere Gator™ utility vehicles
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Crash hazard prompts recall of nearly 20K John Deere Gator™ utility vehicles

By Susan Lasser, J.D.

Improperly routed throttle cable can stick, possibly preventing a driver from stopping the vehicle.

Deere & Company, of Moline, Illinois, has recalled about 19,730 John Deere XUV835 Gator utility vehicles because the plastic sheathing on the throttle cable can melt due to improper routing, causing the throttle to stick. This could result in the vehicle operator’s being unable to stop the vehicle, thereby posing a crash hazard. In addition, approximately 840 vehicles that were sold in Canada are a part of this recall (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 19-776, September 4, 2019).

Incidents and injuries. John Deere has received reports of nine incidents. No injuries have been reported, however.

Product description. The recall involves John Deere Gator utility vehicles with model number "XUV835" printed on the hood. Also, "John Deere" and "Gator" are printed on the cargo box. The serial number is located on the frame directly above the right front tire and begins with 1M0835 and falls within the following ranges:

  • 1M0835ExxxM010001 - 1M0835ExxxM020413
  • 1M0835MxxxM010001 - 1M0835MxxxM022741
  • 1M0835RxxxM010001 - 1M0835RxxxM023115
  • 1M0835EAPMM560107
  • 1M0835MECLM544103
  • 1M0835MAPMM560108
  • 1M0835RBCLM544102
  • 1M0835RATMM560102
  • 1M0835RAPMM560103
  • 1M0835RAKMM560104
  • 1M0835RAJMM560105

The recalled utility vehicles were manufactured in the United States, and were sold in green and yellow, and olive drab and camouflage. They have side-by-side seating for two or three people, depending on the seat option.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using the recalled vehicles immediately and contact an authorized John Deere dealer for a free inspection and repair of improperly routed throttle cables. John Deere is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Deere & Company at 800-537-8233 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Saturday; or online at www.deere.com and click on "Recalls" on the drop-down menu under "Parts & Services."

Companies: Deere & Co.

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