Hydrostatic Lawn Tractors Recalled by Hydro-Gear

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (888) 848-6038
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Hydrostatic Lawn Tractors Recalled by Hydro-Gear Due to Crash Hazard

A drive gear in the lawn tractor's hydrostatic transaxle can fail causing brake failure, posing a crash hazard to consumers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Lawn Tractors

Units: About 2,700

Manufacturer: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership, of Sullivan, Ill.

Hazard: A drive gear in the lawn tractor’s hydrostatic transaxle can fail causing brake failure, posing a crash hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Cub Cadet, MTD Gold and Troy-Bilt lawn tractors sold with Hydro-Gear model 618-0319 and 618-04270B transaxles. Cub Cadet and Troy-Bilt tractors included in this recall have dates of manufacture (DOM) ranging from December 2010 through March 2011. The DOM can be found on a label on the underside of the seat. MTD Gold can be identified by serial numbers starting with 1L15 or 1L16. Affected transaxles have serial numbers with the first four digits ranging between 0333 and 0348. Transaxle model and serial numbers are printed on a label on the transaxle.

Cub Cadet lawn tractors with the recalled transaxles are:

Mower Brand | Mower Type | Mower Model No. | Hydro-Gear Transaxle Part No. | Transaxle Serial No. (1st four digits)
Cub Cadet | LTX 1045 | 13WX91AT010 13WX91AT056 | 618-0319 | 0333 thru 0348
Cub Cadet | LTX 1046KW | 3WG91AT010 | 618-0319 | 0333 thru 0348
Cub Cadet | LTX 1046M | 13WP91AT009 | 618-0319 | 0333 thru 0348
Cub Cadet | LTX 1050KH | 13WQ91AP009 | 618-0319 | 0333 thru 0348
Cub Cadet | LTX 1050KW | 13WF91AP010 13WF91AP056 | 618-0319 | 0333 thru 0348
Cub Cadet | SLTX 1050 V13WQ92AP010 | 618-04270B | 0333 thru 0348
Cub Cadet | SLTX 1054 | 13WK92AK009 13WK92AK010 13WK92AK056 | 618-04270B | 0333 thru 0348

MTD Gold brand tractors with the recalled transaxles are:

Mower Brand | Mower Type | Mower Model No. | Hydro-Gear Transaxle Part No. | Transaxle Serial No. (1st four digits)
MTD Gold | Hydro | 13AP925P004 | 618-04270B | 0333 thru 0348

Troy-Bilt brand tractors with the recalled transaxles are:

Mower Brand | Mower Type | Mower Model No. | Hydro-Gear Transaxle Part No. | Transaxle Serial No. (1st four digits)
Troy-Bilt | TB2450 | 13WQ92KP066 | 618-04270B | 0333 thru 0348

Sold by: Lawn and garden retailers nationwide from January 2011 through January 2012 for about between $1,900 and $2,800.

Manufactured in: U.S.A.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn tractors and contact the firm for instructions on obtaining a repair from an authorized service provider.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact the firm’s toll-free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firms’ websites at www.cubcadet.com, www.troybilt.com or www.MTDproducts.com. Consumers can also visit Hydro-Gear’s website at www.hydro-gear.com

To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12132.html

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