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Recall: Cub Cadet riding lawn mowers


On 2011-04-13, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Cub Cadet riding lawn mowers due to a potential fire hazard. This product sold new beginning in February 2011 for about $3600 to $7000.

About 4,000 units are involved in this MTD garden tractor recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 4th recall of products in the Riding Mowers & Yard Tractors category in 2011. Since 2005, there have been approximately 50 similar recalls, involving about 700,000 product units.

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Cub Cadet riding lawn mowers
Image of Label on Recalled Riding Lawn Mower 278148
Image of Fuel Tank on Recalled Riding Lawn Mower 545360
Image of Recalled Cub Cadet Tank Riding Lawn Mower 376811
Image of Recalled Cub Cadet Z-Force-S Riding Lawn Mower 482416
Image of Cub Cadet Z-Force Commercial Recalled Riding Lawn Mower 719600
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Note: The recalling company may not have provided images for every model. Please review the detailed description below.

Company Contact Information:

Phone: (888) 848-6038

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What is the problem?

A fuel leak can occur near the rear mounting screws on the bottom of the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The recalled 2011 Cub Cadet zero turn riding lawn mowers, intended for both commercial and private use, have yellow and black steel frames. They sold under the following brand names and model numbers:

ModelFactory Model Numbers
Cub Cadet Z Force 4817BF3AGV010
Cub Cadet Z Force 5417BF3AGX010
Cub Cadet Z-Force-S 4617AF5BHH010
Cub Cadet Z-Force-S 4817AF5BHB010
Cub Cadet Z-Force-S 5417AF5GHC010
Cub Cadet Z-Force-S 6017AF5GHD010
Cub Cadet Z-Force Commercial 4853AH5FJB050
Cub Cadet Z-Force Commercial 6053AH5FJD050
Cub Cadet Tank L4853AH8CTB050
Cub Cadet Tank L6053AH8CTD050

Model number, serial number and date of manufacturer are printed on a label located under the front of the driver's seat. The serial number range and date of manufacture (DOM) of affected mowers are 1A101ZXXXXX (DOM 01/2011) through 1C091ZXXXXX (DOM 03/2011). Date of manufacture appears on the label.

These items were sold new+ at Cub Cadet dealers nationwide from February 2011 through March 2011 for between $3,600 to $7,000.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should immediately stop using the mowers and store them outside. Consumers should contact their local Cub Cadet dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair.

For more information, contact Cub Cadet toll-free at (888)848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

None reported.

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Sources may include: Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and companies involved with this or a related recall.

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