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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Office of Information and Public Affairs
||Washington, DC 20207
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2002
|Toro Recall Hotline: (800) 225-0578 |
Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Yolanda
Fultz-Morris, (301) 504-7066
CPSC, The Toro Company Announce Recall of Riding Mowers
- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The
Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 13,000
Toro-brand commercial-grade riding mowers. The riding mower's exhaust system can
ignite fuel vapors from spilled fuel if the engine backfires.
received 10 reports of fires caused when these mowers backfired and ignited
nearby fuel vapors. One serious burn injury was reported. Property damage was
limited to varying degrees of damage to the mowers.
The recall includes
Toro-brand Zmaster Z100 series riding mowers. They are red, equipped with 17 to
23 horsepower engines and have mowing decks from 44 to 52 inches. The mowers
have independently controlled rear-drive wheels, front casters, and a centrally
mounted mowing deck. The brand and model names (Toro Zmaster) appear on the
front of the mower.
Toro dealers nationwide sold these riding mowers
between January 1998 and December 2001 for between $6,000 and
Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled mowers and
contact Toro or their local Toro dealer to determine if their riding mower's
model numbers and serial numbers are included in the recall. The model and
serial number are located on a decal located on the right side of the operating
console below the seat. If needed, the dealer will schedule a repair of the
riding mower's exhaust system. For more information, contact Toro at (800)
225-0578 anytime or visit the firm's web site at http://www.toro.com/professional/lce/safetynotice.html
of these riding mowers previously were recalled in March 2001. Even if consumers
previously had their riding mower repaired, they need to contact Toro for this
Toro Timecutter Z and Wheel Horse residential duty
riding mowers are not part of this recall.