A recall has been issued for about 2,500 John Deere Gator XUV 620i Utility Vehicles. A defect could allow the fuel tank to leak, posing a serious fire hazard.
The John Deere Gator utility vehicles were sold between April 2008 and August 2008 for about $10,000. Owners have been instructed to immediately stop using the XUV 620i and to contact a dealer for a free inspection and repair.
Some of the vehicles may have a gap in the seam at the base of the filler neck of the fuel tank can. This could cause fuel tank leaks, potentially causing a fire. Although no fires or injuries have been reported, at least seven owners have reported fuel tank leaks in their utility vehicles.
The John Deere Gator recall applies to the following models:
- XUV 620i Gas (Como) – Serial Numbers M0XUVGC020001 to M0XUVGC020959
- XUV 620i Gas (Olive) – Serial Numbers M0XUVGT021581 to M0XUVGT021808
- XUV 620i Gas (Green) – Serial Numbers M0XUVGX023930, M0XUVGX023941, M0XUVGX023956, M0XUVGX023961, M0XUVGX023962 and M0XUVGX023968 through M0XUVGX025507
The serial number on the John Deere Gator XUV is located on a plate that is on the vehicle’s frame in front of the passenger side rear fender.
John Deere Gators come in a range of configurations designed for utility work. They are commonly found on ranches, farms, golf courses and worksites. They feature side-by-side bucket seats in a small cabin surrounded by metal bars. The rear is a flat-bed designed for hauling.
Although users have been advised to stop using the vehicles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also recommends that the fuel tank be kept below half full until the repairs are made. For additional information on repairs, contact Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. or visit the firm’s web site.