A fault had been identified with the cooling fan in some John Deere X300 Series models.
This has resulted in John Deere conducting a voluntary recall of the affected lawn tractors in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The affected models are John Deere X300, X300R and X304 Select Series™ Lawn Tractors with Kawasaki FS541V engines manufactured between September 20, 2010 and July 21, 2011 and sold at John Deere dealers across the US between September 2010 to August 2011 for between about $3,000 and $4,000.
The CPSC says:
The cooling fan (A) installed on top of the front mounted Kawasaki engine in the lawn tractor can break. If the cooling fan is not operational, the engine can overheat causing the surrounding plastic to melt, creating the risk of fire and serious injury.
About 36,500 tractors have been affected.
If you think your lawn tractor may fall into the category of affected tractors, check the model number against the list below. You’ll find the serial number on the machine frame near the front right tire.
Serial Numbers of affected lawn tractors
The ranges of serial numbers affected are as follows:
1M0X300B++M180001 thru 1M0X300B++M180600
1M0X300C++M180001 thru 1M0X300C++M208330
1M0X300E++M180001 thru 1M0X300E++M180718
1M0X300F++M180001 thru 1M0X300F++M180888
1M0X300G++M180001 thru 1M0X300G++M183700
1M0X300H++M180001 thru 1M0X300H++M180145
1M0X300J++M180001 thru 1M0X300J++M180106
1M0X304A++M180001 thru 1M0X304A++M184936
1M0X304B++M180001 thru 1M0X304B++M180696
1M0X304C++M180001 thru 1M0X304C++M180054
According to the CPSC:
There have been 163 reported failures, including 83 reports of engine melting or engine fires and one report of a minor burn injury following a fan failure fire.
Customers should stop using the mowers immediately and contact a John Deere dealer to make arrangements to have the engine cooling fan replaced. All registered owners of the recalled mowers will be directly notified by John Deere.
For additional information, contact John Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays ET or visit the firm’s Web site at www.johndeere.com
Alternatively visit the CPSC Website.