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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

Originally issued July 29, 1999
Revised June 18, 2002
Release # 99-150
Company Phone Number: (800) 849-1297
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052

Note: Phone number change.

CPSC, WCI Outdoor Products, Inc. Announce Recall to Repair Ranch King Tractors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), WCI Outdoor Products, Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio, is recalling for repair about 1,600 Ranch King tractors. The fuel line on these tractors can be misrouted near the ground drive belt or steering gears, which can result in it becoming damaged or cut, and allowing gasoline to spill. This poses a risk of fire and burn injuries to consumers.

WCI Outdoors Products, Inc. has received one report of a minor fire and two reports of damaged fuel lines. No injuries have been reported.

There are two models of the tractors being recalled. There are more than 1,500 Ranch King 18.5 HP tractors being recalled, with the manufacturer's ID: RK185H46A. There are more than 150 Ranch King Pro 20 HP tractors being recalled, with the manufacturer's ID: RK20H46A. The recalled tractors' serial number ranges are listed below:

18.5 HP Tractors 20 HP Tractors
022399D 001802 - 022399D 002071
032299D 002072 - 032299D 002701
032499D 002702 - 032499D 003331
022399D 001602 - 022399D 001761

The serial number and manufacturer's ID are on a label affixed to the fender, under the seat. "American Yard Products Inc." also is written on this label. These hydrostatic drive tractors were sold with a 46-inch mower deck. "Ranch King" or "Ranch King Pro" are written on the sides of these tractors.

Quality Farm & Fleet stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee sold these tractors exclusively. They were sold from February 23, 1999 through May 28, 1999 for $1,399 or $1,699, depending on the model purchased.

Consumers should stop using these tractors immediately. Consumers should call WCI Outdoor Products, Inc. to determine if their tractor is part of this recall, and to arrange for a free repair if needed. For more information, call WCI Outdoor Products, Inc. at (800) 849-1297 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Consumers should have the manufacturer's ID and the serial number of their tractor available when they call.

Picture of Ranch King Tractors