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Recall: John Deere GX85 and SX85 Riding Lawn Mowers


On 2004-11-24, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding John Deere GX85 and SX85 Riding Lawn Mowers due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in November 2003 for about $2000.00 to $2400.00.

About 4,000 units are involved in this Deere & Company (John Deere) lawn tractor recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 6th recall of products in the Riding Mowers & Yard Tractors category in 2004. Since 2005, there have been approximately 60 similar recalls, involving about 700,000 product units.

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John Deere GX85 and SX85 Riding Lawn Mowers
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What is the problem?

The fuel tanks can crack and leak fuel presenting a potential for fire or burn injuries.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The recalled lawn mowers are green with yellow trim and have either GX85 or SX 85 on the side of the riding mower and a John Deere symbol on the front end.

These items were sold new+ at Authorized John Deere dealers in the United States and Canada from November 2003 through July 2004 for between $2,000 and $2,400.

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:

The company is directly notifying those consumers who purchased affected mowers. . Consumers should stop using their tractors immediately and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair.

For more information, contact John Deere's Customer Communications Center at (800)537-8233 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET Saturday or at the John Deere web site at


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

John Deere is aware of 37 instances of replacement of the fuel tank under warranty. There have been no reports of fires, injuries or property damage.

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+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at


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