Crash Hazard Prompts Recall Of Hydrostatic Lawn Tractors

Crash hazards have prompted a recall of Hydrostatic Lawn Tractors, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission just announced.

This recall involves about 2,700 Lawn Tractors manufactured in the United States by Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership, of Sullivan, Illinois. The recalled Lawn Tractors were sold by lawn and garden retailers, nationwide, from January 2011 through January 2012 for between $1,900 and $2,800.

A drive gear in the recalled Lawn Tractor’s hydrostatic transaxle can fail, causing brake failure and posing a crash hazard to consumers. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.
This recall involves Cub Cadet, MTD Gold and Troy-Bilt lawn tractors that were 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) that range 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 that begin with 1L15 or 1L16. Affected transaxles have serial numbers whose first four digits range from 0333 and 0348. Transaxle model and serial numbers are printed on a label on the transaxle.

A complete listing of mower brands, types, and model numbers and hydro-gear transaxle part and serial numbers, as well as tractor identification photos, by brand, and sample DOM labels can be accessed at the CPSC’s web site at.

The firm is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled lawn tractors and contact it for instructions on obtaining a repair from an authorized service provider. The firm can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.848.6038 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at the firms’ websites at, or The Hydro-Gear’s website can be accessed at

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