By: Barbara M. Callahan, Esq.
Toro, the lawnmower and turf maintenance equipment company, has recalled about 3,700 ride-on, zero turn radius, lawn mowers in the United States and about 60 in Canada due to a fire risk. The company recalled 2,600 lawnmowers in the United States and about 30 in Canada in November of 2012. This recall involves the 2012 and 2013 Toro “Z Master Commercial 2000 Series ZRT” riding mowers. They have distinctive stickers on the front and side of the mowers which say, “Toro,” “2000 Series,” and “Z Master Commercial,” and are recognizable by their red and black paint, the Toro company colors.
The company has recently discovered that the idler pulley can rub against the mower’s fuel tank, posing a fire hazard. There have been 6 reported accidents thus far. Toro is asking that owners of these mowers discontinue their use and contact a Toro dealer to schedule free repairs.Do you own one of these lawnmowers? The mowers in question have been sold at Toro dealers from 2012 to 2013 for about 8,000.00. You can check to see if you own such a mower by looking up the model and serial number of your lawnmower, which is located, if you are sitting in the driver’s seat, on a metal plate on the front, right hand side of the mower. The following model and serial numbers are the affected products:
Model number 74141 with serial numbers ranging from 312000101 to 312000784 and 313000101 to 313000364
Model number 74143 with serial numbers ranging from 312000101 to 312000881 and 313000101 to 313000432
Model number 74145 with serial numbers ranging from 312000101 to 312001178 and 313000101 to 313000443.
If you own a Toro ride-on lawnmower, which you have purchased recently, please take a moment and compare your product’s model and serial numbers to those listed above. Always remember to be safe in your lawn maintenance activities and enjoy the summer.