John Deere, the leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery in the world, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of around 4,700 Gator Utility Vehicles due to leakage in the oil filter that can poses a fire hazard. This leakage is caused by pinholes or cracks found in the oil filters, which were installed by the engine supplier. John Deere has received reports of four separate incidents resulting in fires.
The John Deere Gator™ RSX850i Base, Sport and Trail model recreational utility vehicles were built with side-by-side seating and were available in Realtree® Hardwoods™ HD Camo, olive and black, or traditional green and yellow. The serial number is located above the receiver hitch on the rear frame. The following serial numbers of the vehicles are involved in this recall:
|Model||Serial Number Range|
|RSX850i Base||1M0850TB++M010009 thru 1M0850TB++M010778|
|RSX850i Sport||1M0850TS++M010001 thru 1M0850TS++M012077|
|RSX850i Trail||1M0850TT++M010001 thru 1M0850TT++M012867|
Manufactured in the United States, the recalled vehicles were sold by John Deere dealers nationwide from August 2013 through January 2013 for between $12,900 and $15,500.
If you have identified your vehicle as the recalled John Deere Gator™, CPSC and John Deere urge you to stop using the vehicle and contact a John Deere dealer in your area to schedule a free inspection and repair. John Deere is in the process of contacting all registered owners of the recalled utility vehicles directly.
For further information regarding this recall, contact Deere and Company at (800) 537-8233, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET or visit www.johndeere.com and click on Services & Support for more information.