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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
July 20, 2004
Release # 04-183
Firm's Hotline: (800) 357-8244
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Simplicity Manufacturing Inc., Announce Recall to Repair Lawn Tractors and Riding Mowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Lawn Tractors and Riding Mowers

Units: 5,900

Manufacturer: Simplicity Manufacturing Inc., of Port Washington, Wis.

Hazard: A safety switch under the seat of these lawn tractors and riding mowers is designed to stop the mower blade turning within 5 seconds of the operator leaving the tractor seat. The recalled mowers' blades can continue to turn longer than 5 seconds after the operator leaves the seat, posing a laceration and amputation hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: These lawn tractors and riding mowers, designed for non- commercial use, were sold under the Simplicity, AGCO and Massey Ferguson brand names. They include Regent/500/2500 Series lawn tractors, Coronet/2400 Series riding mowers, and Lancer/4400 Series riding mowers with the following model and serial numbers:

Regent/500/2500 Series:

Product Series Model Number Serial Number
Regent, 15-hp 1693911 09000-09439
Regent, 15-hp 1694321 09000-10015
Regent, 15-hp 1694314 00166-00334
Regent, 16-hp 1693915 09000-11368
Regent, 16-hp 1694200 09000-09120, 10000-10411
Regent, 16-hp 1694313 09000-09060, 10000-10001
Regent, 17-hp 1693918 09000-09050
515H, 15-hp 1694323 09000-09027
516H, 16-hp 1693935 09000-09034
2515H, 15-hp 1694325 09000-09011
2526H, 16-hp 1694343 09000-09025

Coronet/2400/RT Series:

Product Series Model Number Serial Number
Coronet, 13-hp 1694462 00001-00599
Coronet, 16-hp 1694463 00001-00346
Coronet, 13-hp 1694510 00001-00098
2413H, 13-hp 1694464 00001-00028

Lancer/4400 Series:

Product Series Model Number Serial Number
Lancer, 17-hp 1694292 02000-02016
4417, 17-hp 1694294 02000-02160

Sold at: Independent lawn mower dealers nationwide from June 2003 through May 2004 for between $2,000 and $3,750.

Manufactured in: U.S.A.

Remedy: Consumers should contact the dealership where the lawn tractor or riding mower was purchased to have a free replacement seat safety switch installed.

Consumer Contact: Call Simplicity at (800) 357-8244 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday visit the firm's Web site at http://www.simplicitymfg.com/news_room_11.php , or write to Simplicity Manufacturing, 500 N. Spring Street, Port Washington, WI 53074.

Picture of Recalled Regent Riding Lawn Mower
Regent


Picture of Recalled Coronet Riding Lawn Mower
Coronet


Picture of Recalled Lancer Riding Lawn Mower
Lancer