01.John Deere Limited 1600 and 1620 Turbo WAM recall
SAFETY NOTICE TO OWNERS OF JOHN DEERE 1600 or 1620 TURBO WIDE AREA MOWERS
In October 2010 customers received a Safety Notice from John Deere informing them of a potential safety problem with the mower deck proximity switches on their John Deere 1600 or 1620 Wide Area Mower (WAM). Some of these machines may have been manufactured with a deck position-sensing electrical switch that could fail in a way that allows the mower blades to rotate while the decks are in the raised position. If this occurs there is a risk of an operator or bystander coming in contact with the moving blades which could result in serious injury or death.
John Deere is releasing a Product Improvement Program that will provide a new on-board controller for the WAM. The Controller kit for the 1600 Turbo WAM is currently available. The Controller kit for the 1600 and 1620 WAM is scheduled for release in April 2011.
Customers are urged to contact theirJohn Deere dealership as soon as possible to make arrangements to have their mower updated. This service will be performed at no cost. If necessary, your John Deere dealership will make arrangements to transport your mower.
Until your mower is updated, please follow the inspection procedure outlined below every time the machine is operated.
- Sit in seat, depress parking brake pedal and start machine with key switch.
- Raise all decks to the fully raised position.
- With the PTO switch in the “off” position (push down), verify that none of the decks are operating.
- With the PTO switch in the “on” position (pull up), verify that none of decks are operating.
- Using the center deck lift/lower toggle switch, lower the front deck. It should begin to operate when fully lowered once PTO switch has been cycled. Verify again that neither of the wing decks is operating.
- Using the right deck lift/lower toggle switch, lower the right wing deck and verify that the deck turns on when lowered. Raise the right deck and verify that it turns off when raised. Lower the deck and allow it to operate.
- Using the left deck lift/lower toggle switch, lower the left wing deck and verify that the deck turns on when lowered. Raise the left deck and verify that it turns off when raised. Lower the deck and allow it to operate.
- Raise the front deck with the 2 wing decks lowered and operating. All three decks should stop operating when the front deck is raised.
If the machine does not function exactly as this test indicates, discontinue use of the machine. Notify others that may operate the machine that its use should be discontinued. Contact your John Deere Dealer immediately.
Information sourced from Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) Product safety recalls.