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Recall of the Week: Bob-Cat riding mowers due to crash hazard

Mower - 800 pixelsBob-Cat is recalling about 4,900 Bob-Cat zero turn riding mowers.

The steering control arm component can break under normal use, causing the driver to lose control and crash, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Control arm failure has been reported in 22 incidents, including failure during use and initial set-up. There have been no reports of injuries.

The CRZ and XRZ model riding mowers have a chassis with an adjustable10-gauge green steel mower deck. The frame, fuel tank, engine compartment, and side discharge chute are made of black metal and plastic components. They have four black wheels, two user-operated lever-arm controls, and a gray adjustable high-back seat.

The mowers range in size from 76-inches to 79-inches long and 45-inches high. The words “Bob Cat” appear in red lettering on the front of the mower and on top of the mower deck, and in a red-and-white designed logo on the sides of the mower.

The words “TufDeck” and “Professional Cut” appear in white lettering on the front face of the mower deck. The plate containing the serial and model number is located under the seat on the frame cross-member. Click here for a listing of the model and series numbers involved in the recall.

The lawn mowers were sold at Bob-Cat dealerships nationwide from January 2013 to April 2014 for $4,500 to $5,200.

Mower should be returned to the dealer where purchased for free repair with a newly designed control arm component, the company and commission said. Consumers who completed the warranty registration card were contacted directly by Schiller Grounds Care, with instructions for getting the repair.

For more information, call Bob-Cat at 866-469-1242 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, visit www.bobcatturf.com and click on the Customer Service tab at the top of the page, then click on the Product Recall Information in the drop down menu, or write to Schiller Grounds Care, One Bob-Cat Lane, Johnson Creek, WI 53038.

Copyright 2014, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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