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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

December 23, 2003
Alert #04-527

CPSC, Deere & Company Announce Recall of Compact Utility Tractors

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 4000 Ten Series Compact Utility Tractors

Units: 1,700

Manufacturer: Deere & Company of Moline, Ill.

Hazard and Product Description: An internal failure may occur within the Hydrostatic Transmission preventing the transmission from returning to neutral after the pedals are released. This can allow unexpected movement or cause the tractor to continue moving, creating a possible risk of injury to the operator or a bystander. The following model and serial numbers can be found on the serial number plate on the tractor frame:

Model Serial Range
4210 CUT with HST LV4210H220677 through LV4210H221025
4310 CUT with HST LV4310H232267 through LV4310H233638
4410 CUT with HST LV4410H241367 through LV4410H241821
4610 CUT with HST LV4610H260774 through LV4610H260906
4710 CUT with HST LV4710H270806 through LV4710H271286

Incidents/Injuries: John Deere is aware of several failures of the transmission with no reported injuries.

Sold At: Authorized John Deere dealers nationwide and in Canada from April 2001 to August 2003 for between $18,000 and $27,000.

Manufactured In: U.S.A.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using their tractors immediately and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact John Deere's Customer Communications Center on (800) 537-8233, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 6:00 pm (Eastern Time), Saturday, 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, or at the John Deere web site at

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