March 21, 2002Exmark Has Recalled Riding Mowers
- Exmark Manufacturing has recalled
about 21,000 Exmark-brand
commercial-grade riding mowers. The riding mower's exhaust system can ignite
fuel vapors from spilled fuel if the engine backfires.
Exmark has received 15 reports of fires caused when these mowers backfired
and ignited nearby fuel vapors. At least one serious burn injury was
reported, and two other users reported minor burns. Property damage has
varied from minor damage to the machine itself to several thousand dollars
damage to other mowing equipment stored nearby.
The recall includes Exmark-brand Lazer Z HP series riding mowers, which are
red. They are equipped with 17 to 23 horsepower engines and have mowing
decks from 44 to 52 inches. The mowers have independently controlled
rear-drive wheels, front casters, and a centrally mounted mowing deck. The
brand and series names (Exmark Lazer Z HP) appear on the front of the mower.
Exmark dealers nationwide sold these riding mowers between January 1998 and
December 2001 for between $6,000 and $7,300.
Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled mowers and contact
Exmark or their local Exmark dealer to determine if their riding mower's
model numbers and serial numbers are included in the recall. The model and
serial numbers are visible from the right side of the unit. They are located
on a decal on the right side of the controls console. If needed, the dealer
will schedule a repair of the riding mower's exhaust system. For more
information, contact Exmark at (800) 479-8379 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT
Monday through Friday, or write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Consumers
also can go to the firm's web site at www.exmark.com.
Some of these riding mowers previously were recalled in February 2001. Even
if consumers previously had their riding mower repaired, they need to
contact Exmark for this additional repair.