Runaway Utility Vehicles Prompt Recall
September 13, 2019
A malfunction on John Deere XUV835 Gator utility vehicles can make it impossible to make them stop, prompting a recall of about 19,730 units in the U.S., plus 840 additional units in Canada. John Deere has received nine incident reports involving the vehicles, none with injuries reported, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice 19-776.
The exact malfunction involves the plastic sheathing on the throttle cable, which can melt due to improper routing. This can cause the throttle to stick and could make it impossible for the operator to stop the vehicle.
Affected John Deere Gator utility vehicles have model number “XUV835” printed on the hood. The serial number is located on the frame directly above the right front tire and begins with 1M0835. See the recall notice for a full range of affected serial numbers.
The recalled utility vehicles were sold in green and yellow, olive drab, and camouflage and have side-by-side seating for two or three people, depending on the seat option. They were sold between November 2017 through July 2019.
Facility managers with the utility vehicles in their fleet are directed to remove the units from use immediately and contact a John Deere dealer for a free inspection and repair. Deere & Company can be reached at 800-537-8233 or at the company’s website.
Naomi Millán is senior editor of Building Operating Management. Go here for other recent recall notices.