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|Release # 92-095
Yazoo Manufacturing Co. Initiates Safety
Modification Program For Walk-Behind "High Wheel" Lawn Mowers
NOTICE: Yazoo is no longer in the mower
business. Repairs are no longer available. Consumers should not use the product 5/3/2000.
PRODUCT: Yazoo "high wheel" gasoline
powered walk-behind lawn mowers, manufactured and purchased since June 1982. The mowers
were sold through retailers in the southern, southeastern, and northeastern United States.
PROBLEM: The mowers were intended for commercial use and were not equipped with a blade
control device. As a result, consumers who may have purchased the mowers may be injured
from contact with the rotating mower blade.
WASHINGTON, DC -- As the summer lawn mowing season swings into gear, Yazoo Manufacturing
Company, Jackson, MS, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), is again announcing a safety modification program for certain models of its
commercial "high wheel" gasoline powered walk-behind lawn mowers purchased by
consumers since June 1982. The safety modification program was originally announced in a
December 1991 press release. These lawn mowers are not equipped with a blade control
device that stops the blade within three seconds after release of the controls, as
required for consumer mowers by CPSC's Safety Standard for Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers. As a
result, consumers may be injured from contact with the rotating mower blade.
The lawn mowers were manufactured beginning in 1982 and involve the following push and
self-propelled big wheel models: S22B, P22B, P22W, S22W, S24B, P24B, P24W, S24W, S26B and
S26W. The mowers are labeled with a bright yellow decal that states: "NOTICE. THIS
MOWER DOES NOT MEET CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS. COMMERCIAL USE ONLY." These mowers have
a suggested retail price of between $750.00 and $900.00 and were sold to retailers in the
southern, southeastern and northeastern United States.
Although the lawn mowers were intended for sale to commercial operators, Yazoo and CPSC
are concerned that a number of mowers have been purchased by consumers. Neither CPSC nor
the company is aware of any consumer injuries resulting from the lack of a blade control
device on these mowers.
Yazoo is no longer manufacturing any high wheel lawn mowers without a three-second
blade-stopping mechanism. The company will voluntarily modify those lawn mowers that were
purchased by consumers since June 1982, the effective date of the lawn mower standard.
This modification program covers only those lawn mowers purchased by consumers for their
personal use and does not include lawn mowers purchased for industrial, commercial, or
professional uses. The company has developed a kit consisting of a blade brake and
engine-stopping device that will be installed on the lawn mowers to make the blade stop
within the required three seconds after release of the controls.
Yazoo has previously informed its dealers that
these mowers are only to be sold to commercial users. Yazoo also has initiated a
certification program to ensure that the remaining mowers in inventory are sold only to
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this safety modification program
as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death
associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated
28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different
types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
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 or a
product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's
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