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Friday, August 12, 2016
John Deere Recalls Garden Tractors Due To Dangerous Failures
In conjunction with the with the Consumer Product Safety
Division, John Deere has announced a recall of certain models of lawn and
garden tractors due to failures with the mowers reverse implementation option
(RIO). The RIO system is designed to automatically shut off power to the mower
when the tractor is shifted into reverse. Should that system fail during
operations, the driver and bystanders are at risk of severe lacerations.
The following Zero-Turn Mower models comprise the list of
those being recalled by John Deere. The model numbers being recalled are Z445,
Z645, Z655, and Z665 with serial numbers beginning with 1GXZ. For a complete
list of the serial numbers included in the recall, please visit the John
Deere website. The model number is located on either side of the engine and
the serial number is located next to the foot rest on the right side. The
recalled tractors were sold from December 2015 through July 2016 at independent
John Deere retailers across the U.S.
Consumers that own one of the recalled tractors are required
to contact their local John Deere dealer as soon as possible to receive free
repair of the defect. Registered owners should expect to be contacted regarding
the John Deere tractor recall.
Although there were no deaths or injuries resulting from the
recalled tractors, or riding mowers as they are often referred to, many
individuals are injured or killed each year in riding lawn mower accidents.
Many of these injuries and deaths are to small children involved in back over
accidents. These accidents are the type that the John Deere Rio system is
designed to prevent. Recognizing the imminent danger of an inoperable RIO
system, triggered the national recall.
Associated with Riding Mowers
Thousands of accidents from riding mowers could have been
prevented if all of the mowers involved were equipped with a “No Mow in
Reverse” (NMIR) system. A large percentage of those injured were children. Most
John Deere tractors were equipped with NMIR safety features by 1998 but many
waited years to follow suit. Murray, for example, chose not to equip their riding
mowers with NMIR systems until 2004. There are still countless riding mowers in
operation today that are lacking an NMIR system.
Rollover accidents are another common cause of injuries
related to lawn tractors and riding lawn mowers. Many injuries and deaths from
being crushed beneath a rollover could be prevented with the installation of a
roll bar and lap restraint. Even with the amount of rollover injuries and
deaths being well-known, rollover protection systems are not standard equipment
on many mowers today.
Preventing Lawn Mower
Injuries to Children
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that
more than 17,000 children are treated for lawn mower accidents each year. By
following simple safety measures 100 percent of lawn mower related injuries to
children could be prevented. Here are four safety measures that should always
·Never allow kids to ride on mowers
·Be sure that all kids are inside and away from
the mowing area. If you see a kid nearby, stop mowing until the child is out of
·Remove all stones, twigs toys or any other
potential projectiles from the area prior to mowing.
·Never reverse the mower unless absolutely
Dolman Law Group –
Concerned for Children’s Safety
Dolman Law Group is committed to the safety of children at
all times. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to learn of a serious injury
or death to a child that could have been prevented. Anything that can be done
to help prevent injuries to children is a step in the right direction,
including the installation of properly working, safety equipment on lawn
tractors and riding lawn mowers.
If your child was injured by a lawnmower, call Dolman Law
Group today at 727-451-6900 to speak with a product liability attorney. There
may be compensation available.
Dolman Law Group 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 727-451-6900