|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|July 24, 1991
|Release # 91-097
Toro Modifies Vision II
Series Irrigation Controller With Metal Cabinet to Prevent Shock Hazard
WASHINGTON, DC--In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Toro Company, Minneapolis, MN is modifying
an estimated 7,500 Vision II Series Irrigation Controllers housed in metal cabinets to
ensure proper electrical grounding. The three models being modified include 189-66-01,
189-96-01, and 189-06-01.
According to Toro, the metal cabinets of these controllers may not have been electrically
grounded when installed. Under certain conditions, the non-insulated metal parts of the
cabinet, including the key lock, could become electrically energized and present a severe
electric shock or an electrocution hazard.
No electric shock incidents have been reported. However, the company warns that incidents
could still occur if metal cabinets are not properly grounded. The Vision II Series
Irrigation Controller was sold and installed nationwide for home and light commercial use,
from September 1989 through December 1990. These irrigation controllers are designed to
program a multiple station sprinkler system. The controller is usually installed on the
inside wall of a garage, or on a pedestal outside.
The Toro Company began its modification program in January 1991. As a result, more than 30
percent of the estimated 7,500 installed irrigation controllers have already been
The Toro Vision II Series metal controller cabinets being reworked can be identified by
the painted white cabinet with a red "Toro" logo and a key lock on the door. A
"Vision II Series" paper label can be found inside the door. Owners should note
that all "Vision Series" irrigation controllers having gray or tan plastic
cabinets are not part of this modification program.
Toro requests all owners of Vision II Series Irrigation Controllers with metal cabinets
who have not been contacted by Toro or their contractor about this modification program to
immediately call Toro at 1-800-367-8676. In California call 1-800-255-8676. Correspondence
should be sent to: Vision II Series Controller Kit, The Toro Company, Irrigation Division,
P.O. Box 489, Riverside, CA 92502. Also, all unidentified contractors who know the
location of installed, unmodified (not grounded) Vision II Series Irrigation Controllers
should contact Toro. Once contacted, Toro will arrange for the free installation of a
modification kit to electrically ground the metal cabinet of each controller, as needed.
Toro warns owners of unmodified or ungrounded irrigation controllers not to touch the key
lock or the cabinet until the modification has been completed. Owners who have already had
their controller corrected need not contact Toro.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its
mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with
consumer products. The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for product safety. Some
15,000 types of consumer products fall within the Commission's jurisdiction and each year
these products are involved in an estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
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