John Deere is recalling roughly 50 tractor backhoe attachments for company utility tractors due to a crushing hazard, according to a recall alert posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website. The product is being recalled because the backhoe frame can rotate towards the operator if the mounting hardware loosens. “The mounting hardware could loosen and cause the backhoe frame to rotate toward the operator, posing a crushing hazard.” the recall alert states.
The recall has not been linked to any injuries so far. Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled backhoe attachments immediately. They can contact a John Deere dealer for a repair free of charge. The company is contacting all registered owners directly to inform them of the recall, which involves John Deere model 485A backhoe attachments for John Deere compact utility tractors 4044M, 4044R, 4049M, 4049R, 4052M, 4052R, 4066M and 4066R with serial numbers beginning with 1LV0485ACG0030+++.
The recalled backhoe attachments were sold nationwide from May 2016 to June 2016. They were priced at about $10,700.
The leaping John Deere logo is printed on the side of the green backhoe attachment. The serial number can be identified on the rear of the backhoe mainframe and the model number 485A is also printed on both sides.
Consumers can contact the company with questions at 800-537-8233 from 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET or online at www.deere.com.