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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

November 18, 2003
Alert #04-511

CPSC, Deere & Company Announce Recall of Gator 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: Gator Utility Vehicles Units: 4,600 Manufacturer: Deere & Company, of Moline, Ill. Hazard: Improper crimping of the brake cables could lead to reduced braking capacity, and in some cases, to failure of the foot pedal brake. Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Gator Utility Vehicles that are 4- to 6-wheeled vehicles with cargo boxes. The words "John Deere" and "Gator" appear on the side of the cargo box.

Model Serial Number Range
4X2 and 4X2 Trail W004X2X095289 through W004X2X098332
6X4 and 6X4 Trail W006X4X071973 through W006X4X072981
6X4 Diesel and 6X4 Diesel Trail W006X4D035805 through W006X4D036371
Turf W00TURF018875 through W00TURF019098
E-Gator W0E4X2E011277 through W0E4X2E011345
Worksite W0W6X4D011176 through W0W6X4D011218

Sold At: Authorized John Deere dealers nationwide from June 2003 through September 2003 for between $6,300 and $11,000.

Manufactured In: Canada. Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled vehicles and contact the nearest John Deere dealer to schedule an appointment to have a new brake cable installed free of charge. Consumer Contact: Consumers can also contact Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Consumers can also go to the firm's web site at .

Picture of Recalled Utility Vehicle

Picture of Recalled Utility Vehicle