Moline, Illinois (April 12, 2017) — Consumers who own certain crossover John Deere Gator Utility Vehicles are being asked to stop driving them and take them in for repairs after the manufacturer announced a problem with the dust boot on the throttle cable that can come loose.
If this happens the vehicle may not slow down or stop, posing a crash hazard. So far, the company has received two reports of the dust boot on the throttle cable coming loose, but there are no injuries involved.
The problem has led to a nationwide recall of 8,500 units by Deere & Company, manufacturers of John Deere vehicles and equipment.
Specifically the Gator Utility Vehicles sold between January 2016 and March 2017.
The manufacturer stated it is contacting all registered owners of the recalled vehicles.
The high-performance Gator vehicles, which feature side-by-side seating for two or four people, are used to hit the trails, or various other tasks such as hunting or light-duty hauling. The vehicles are built to top speeds of more than 45 mph.
The recalled vehicles are model numbers XUV590i or XUV590i S4. The vehicles have the numbers printed on the hood and the “John Deere” and “Gator” brand names printed on the cargo box, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Owners of these vehicles may locate the serial number that begins with 1M0590 on the frame at the back of the machine above the hitch.
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