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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

November 24, 2004
Alert #05-517

CPSC, Deere & Company Announce Recall of Riding Mowers

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 GX85 and SX85 Riding Lawn Mowers

Units: 4,400

Manufacturer: Deere & Company of Moline, IL

Hazard: The fuel tanks can crack and leak fuel presenting a potential for fire or burn injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: : John Deere is aware of 37 instances of replacement of the fuel tank under warranty. There have been no reports of fires, injuries or property damage.

Description: The recalled lawn mowers are green with yellow trim and have either GX85 or SX 85 on the side of the riding mower and a John Deere symbol on the front end and involve the following machines:

Model Serial Numbers
GX85 MOGX85X145887 through 149328
SX85 MOSX85X125374 through 126508

Sold at: Authorized John Deere dealers in the United States and Canada from November 2003 through July 2004 for between $2,000 and $2,400.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: The company is directly notifying those consumers who purchased affected mowers. . 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 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET Saturday or at the John Deere web site at

Picture of Recalled Riding Mower

Picture of Recalled Riding Mower