The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on December 21, 2017, that John Deere has issued a recall of 68,300 Crossover Gator UTVs due to a crash hazard. The steering shaft can separate from the steering rack assembly and result in a loss of vehicle steering control, posing a crash hazard.
This recall involves John Deere models XUV825, XUV825 S4, XUV855, and XUV855 S4 Crossover Gator utility vehicles equipped with power steering. The model number and “John Deere” are printed on the side of the vehicle. The serial number begins with 1M0825 or 1M0855 and is located on the passenger side of the frame under the cargo box. The vehicles have seating for two or four passengers. The serial number ranges are listed below.
Serial Number Ranges
1M0825GEXXM040001 – 1M0825GEXXM136520
1M0825GFXXM060001 – 1M0825GFXXM131607
1M0825MAXXM010001 – 1M0825MAXXM010667
1M0825MBXXM010001 – 1M0825MBXXM010419
1M0855DEXXM040001 – 1M0855DEXXM130975
1M0855DFXXM060001 – 1M0855DFXXM130531
1M0855DHXXM130001 – 1M0855DHXXM131052
1M0855EBXXM010001 – 1M0855EBXXM010561
1M0855MAXXM010001 – 1M0855MAXXM010498
1M0855MBXXM010001 – 1M0855MBXXM010247
1M0855MDXXM010001 – 1M0855MDXXM010021
Consumers should stop using the recalled utility vehicles and contact an authorized John Deere dealer for a free repair. John Deere is contacting purchasers of the recalled utility vehicles directly.
John Deere has received nine reports of steering loss. No injuries have been reported.
The vehicles, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at John Deere dealers nationwide from March 2012 through November 2017 for between $13,400 and $16,100.
This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.