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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

May 7, 2002
Alert #02-535

CPSC and Sears Announce Recall of Riding Lawn Mower

PRODUCT: Riding Lawn Mower - Sears Roebuck and Co. of Hoffman Estates, Ill. is voluntarily recalling about 900 riding lawn mowers. The recall involves model number 247.270250, which is visible on the model plate of the machine located under the seat. The name Craftsman Lawn Utility Vehicle appears on the side of the mower. The recalled mower is green, has a 24" cutting deck, a 6.75 horsepower mid-mount engine, and a rear utility bed. Sears sold these riding lawn mowers nationwide from February 2002 to April 2002 for about $999.

PROBLEM: Under certain operating conditions, the vehicle's transmission may fail causing a loss of drive and brake ability. Should this occur, the potential for personal injury and/or property damage exists.


WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using their riding lawn mowers immediately and contact Sears at (800) 659-5917 to schedule an appointment to have a free new transmission installed. For more information, consumers can contact Sears at (800) 500-1067 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST. Purchasers were notified by direct mail notification.

picture of recalled mower