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From Products Liability Law Daily, May 9, 2013

Fire Hazard Prompts Toro to Recall Zero Turn Riding Mowers in the United States and Canada

By Joseph Bichl

The Toro Co., of Bloomington, Minnesota, recalled approximately 3,700 Toro® Z Master® riding mowers in the United States and 60 in Canada (CPSC Recall Notice, 13-187, May 9, 2013). The idler pulley can rub against the mower’s fuel tank, posing a fire hazard. This recall comes after the company recalled some 2,600 mowers in the United States and 30 in Canada in November 2012. Although Toro has received six incident reports, no injuries have been reported.

Product description. The current recall involves 2012 and 2013 Toro Z Master Commercial 2000 Series ZRT riding mowers. The mowers are red and black. "Toro" and "2000 Series" are printed on the side and "Z Master Commercial" on the front of the mowers. When viewed from the operator’s seat, the model and serial numbers are on a metal plate located at the front of the mower, below the seat, on the right-hand side.

The following models and corresponding serial numbers are included in this recall: model number 74141 with serial numbers ranging from 312000101 to 312000784 and 313000101 to 313000364; model number 74143 with serial numbers ranging from 312000101 to 312000881 and 313000101 to 313000432; and model number 74145 with serial numbers ranging from 312000101 to 312001178 and 313000101 to 313000443.

Manufactured in the United States, the recalled mowers were sold at Toro dealers nationwide from January 2012 through April 2013 for between $7,700 and $8,700.

Remedy. Toro is advising consumers to stop using the recalled mowers immediately and contact a Toro dealer to schedule a free repair and/or to check to determine whether the repair has already been made to the mower. Toro has contacted registered owners of the recalled mowers, the company stated.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Toro toll-free at (855) 493-0090, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday, or online at http://www.toro.com and click on Product Recall Information on the bottom right-hand side of the page.

Companies: The Toro Co.

MainStory: TopStory CPSCNewsStory

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