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March 13, 2012
Release #12-132 Firm’s Recall Hotline: (888) 848-6038
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Hydrostatic Lawn Tractors Recalled by Hydro-Gear Due to Crash Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
**Name of Product: **Lawn Tractors
**Units: **About 2,700
**Manufacturer: **Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership, of Sullivan, Ill.
**Hazard: **A drive gear in the lawn tractor’s hydrostatic transaxle can fail causing brake failure, posing a crash hazard to consumers.
**Incidents/Injuries: **None reported.
**Description: **This recall involves Cub Cadet, MTD Gold and Troy-Bilt lawn tractors sold with Hydro-Gear model 618-0319 and 618-04270B transaxles. Cub Cadet and Troy-Bilt tractors included in this recall have dates of manufacture (DOM) ranging from December 2010 through March 2011. The DOM can be found on a label on the underside of the seat. MTD Gold can be identified by serial numbers starting with 1L15 or 1L16. Affected transaxles have serial numbers with the first four digits ranging between 0333 and 0348. Transaxle model and serial numbers are printed on a label on the transaxle.
Cub Cadet lawn tractors with the recalled transaxles are:
Mower BrandMower TypeMower Model No.Hydro-Gear
Transaxle Part No.Transaxle Serial No.
(1st four digits)Cub CadetLTX 104513WX91AT010
13WX91AT056618-03190333 thru 0348Cub CadetLTX 1046KW13WG91AT010618-03190333 thru 0348Cub CadetLTX 1046M13WP91AT009618-03190333 thru 0348Cub CadetLTX 1050KH13WQ91AP009618-03190333 thru 0348Cub CadetLTX 1050KW13WF91AP010
13WF91AP056618-03190333 thru 0348Cub CadetSLTX 105013WQ92AP010618-04270B0333 thru 0348Cub CadetSLTX 105413WK92AK009
13WK92AK010
13WK92AK056618-04270B0333 thru 0348
MTD Gold brand tractors with the recalled transaxles are:
Mower BrandMower TypeMower Model No.Hydro-Gear
Transaxle Part No.Transaxle Serial No.
(1st four digits)MTD GoldHydro13AP925P004618-04270B0333 thru 0348
Troy-Bilt brand tractors with the recalled transaxles are:
Mower BrandMower TypeMower Model No.Hydro-Gear
Transaxle Part No.Transaxle Serial No.
(1st four digits)Troy-BiltTB245013WQ92KP066618-04270B0333 thru 0348
**Sold by: **Lawn and garden retailers nationwide from January 2011 through January 2012 for about between $1,900 and $2,800.
**Manufactured in: **U.S.A.
**Remedy: **Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn tractors and contact the firm for instructions on obtaining a repair from an authorized service provider.
**Consumer Contact: **For additional information, please contact the firm’s toll-free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firms’ websites at www.cubcadet.com, www.troybilt.com or www.MTDproducts.com. Consumers can also visit Hydro-Gear’s website at www.hydro-gear.com
Tractor Identification Photos (by Brand) and Sample DOM Labels:

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Cub Cadet (Located under seat)

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MTD Gold (Located under seat)

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Troy-Bilt (Located under seat)

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Transaxle Identification Photo and Sample Transaxle Label

[size=3]The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on www.saferproducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: www.saferproducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing and speech impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.
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