About 4,900 Bob-Cat Zero Turn Riding Mowers have been recalled. Due to a manufacturer’s error, the steering control arm component can break under normal use, which could cause the driver to lose control and crash.
Twenty-two incidents reported to Bob-Cat included control arm failure, as well as failure during use and initial set-up. There were no reports of injuries, but the mowers should be returned to the dealer where purchased for free repair with a newly designed control arm component. Customers who completed the warranty registration card have already been contacted directly by Schiller Grounds Care, Inc, with instructions for obtaining the repair.
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. It has 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.
The mowers were purchased from Bob-Cat dealerships nationwide from January 2013 to April 2014 for $4,500 to $5,200.
Schiller Grounds Care, Inc., of Johnson Creek, Wisc.
Call Bob-Cat toll free at (866) 469-1242 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, go to 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, Inc., One Bob-Cat Lane, Johnson Creek, Wis. 53038.