John Deere recalling 5,400 mowers with faulty safety shut off systems

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MOLINE, Ill. – John Deere is recalling 5,400 lawn and garden tractors that may potentially fail to stop the mower blades when placed into reverse.

The Consumer Produce Safety Commission says the reverse implement option (RIO) system can fail, posing a laceration hazard to bystanders. The RIO is a safety system that shuts off power to the mower blades when the machine is placed into reverse.

The recall involves John Deere models X710, X730, X734, X738, and X739 lawn and garden tractors with serial numbers beginning with 1M0X. A complete list of serial numbers included in this recall is available by clicking here.

The lawn and garden tractors have “John Deere” printed on the side and are green and yellow with yellow rims. The model number is on both sides of the engine hood. The serial number is located on the right side, below the foot rest.

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled tractors and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair. John Deere is contacting all registered owners of the recalled lawn and garden tractors directly.

The tractors were sold at John Deere independent dealers nationwide from Dec. 2015 through July 2016 for between $8,800 and $11,700.

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