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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
|Exmark Recall Hotline: (800) 479-8379 |
Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Yolanda
Fultz-Morris, (301) 504-7066
CPSC, Exmark Manufacturing Announce Recall of Riding Mowers
D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Exmark Manufacturing, of Beatrice, Neb., is voluntarily recalling about 21,000
Exmark-brand commercial-grade riding mowers. The riding mower's exhaust system
can ignite fuel vapors from spilled fuel if the engine backfires.
has received 15 reports of fires caused when these mowers backfired and ignited
nearby fuel vapors. At least one serious burn injury was reported, and two other
users reported minor burns. Property damage has varied from minor damage to the
machine itself to several thousand dollars damage to other mowing equipment
The recall includes Exmark-brand Lazer Z HP series riding
mowers, which are red. They are 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 series names (Exmark Lazer Z HP) appear on the front of the
Exmark dealers nationwide sold these riding mowers between January
1998 and December 2001 for between $6,000 and $7,300.
immediately stop using these recalled mowers and contact Exmark or their local
Exmark dealer to determine if their riding mower's model numbers and serial
numbers are included in the recall. The model and serial numbers are visible
from the right side of the unit. They are located on a decal on the right side
of the controls console. If needed, the dealer will schedule a repair of the
riding mower's exhaust system. For more information, contact Exmark at (800)
479-8379 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or write an email
to email@example.com. Consumers also can go to the firm's web site at http://www.exmark.com/safetynotices.htm
of these riding mowers previously were recalled in February 2001. Even if
consumers previously had their riding mower repaired, they need to contact
Exmark for this additional repair.