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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

April 9, 2004
Alert #04-545

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 Compact Utility Tractors

Units: 300

Manufacturer: John Deere, of Moline, Ill.

Hazard: Some of the steel bolts used to secure Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) to the tractor's real axle can shear off, decreasing the strength of the ROPS and its ability to protect the operator in the event of a roll over incident.

Incidents/Injuries: John Deere is aware of three incidents where the bolts have sheared off, all which were discovered during factory inspections. There have been no reported injuries.

Description: These vehicles are small agricultural tractors that are green with yellow seats and wheels. The following model and serial numbers can be found on the serial number plate on the tractor's frame:

Model Serial Range
4210 CUT with Hydrostatic Transmission LV4210H320674 through LV4210H320773
4310 CUT with Hydrostatic Transmission LV4310H331062 through LV4310H331359
4310 CUT with PowrReverser Transmission LV4310P335452 through LV4310P335550
4410 CUT with Hydrostatic Transmission LV4410H340381 through LV4410H340592
4410 CUT with PowrReverser Transmission LV4410P345138 through LV4410P345179

Sold at: Authorized John Deere dealers nationwide during January and February 2004 for between $18,000 and $21,500.

Manufactured In: United States of America

Remedy: The company is directly notifying purchasers. 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 at (800) 537-8233 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday, or at the John Deere Web site at

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