John Deere is recalling 5,400 of its X710, X730, X734, X738, and X739 lawn and garden tractors with serial numbers beginning with 1M0X, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The reverse implement option (RIO) system can fail, posing a laceration hazard to bystanders. RIO is a safety system that shuts off power to the mower blades when the machine is placed into reverse. No injuries have been reported.
A complete list of serial numbers included in this recall is available on the firm's website. The lawn and garden tractors have "John Deere" printed on the side and are green and yellow with yellow rims. The model number is on both sides of the engine hood. The serial number is located on the right side, below the foot rest.
The mowers were sold at John Deere independent dealers nationwide from December 2015 through July 2016 for between $8,800 and $11,700.
Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled tractors and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair. John Deere is contacting all registered owners of the recalled lawn and garden tractors directly.
Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission