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NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

November 9, 2004
Alert #05-508

CPSC, Deere & Company Announce Recall of Gator HPX Utility Vehicles

The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: John Deere Gator HPX Utility Vehicles

Units: 14,746

Manufacturer: Deere & Company, of Moline, Ill.

Hazard: Loss of brake system pressure can decrease the effectiveness of the brakes.

Incidents/Injuries: Deere is aware of 14 instances of replacement of the master brake cylinder due to this problem. There have been no reported injuries.

Description: Gator HPX Utility Vehicles are four wheeled vehicles with a cargo box. The words "John Deere", "Gator" and "HPX" appear on the cargo box. The following model and serial numbers can be found on the serial number plate on the vehicle's frame:

Model Serial Range
HPX 4X2 Gas M0HP2GX010001-010775
HPX 4X2 Diesel M0HP2DX010001-030032
HPX 4X4 Gas M0HP4GX010001-031406
HPX 4X4 Diesel M0HP4DX010001-030552
HPX 4X4 Trial M0HP4GT010001-030678

Manufactured in: United States

Sold at: Authorized John Deere dealers nationwide from December 2003 to October 2004 for between $8,000 and $10,600.

Remedy: Consumers should contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair of the master brake cylinder.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact John Deere's Customer Communications Center at (800) 537-8233 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET Saturday, or the John Deere Web site at http://www.deere.com/ .

Picture of Recalled Gator HPX Utility Vehicle