John Deere issued another recall for their RSX850i utility vehicle. The recall involves approximately 4,700 vehicles manufactured between May and October of 2012 and includes the RSX850i Base, Sport and Trail model utility vehicles. The reason for the recall is potential leaking from the oil filter which can pose a fire hazard. According to the CPSC, “Pinholes or cracks have been identified in oil filters installed by the engine supplier which were not manufactured to specification.” To date four fires but no injuries have been reported related to the issue. Vehicles with the following serial numbers are affected:
1M0850TB++M010009 thru 1M0850TB++M010778
1M0850TS++M010001 thru 1M0850TS++M012077
1M0850TT++M010001 thru 1M0850TT++M012867
The vehicles were sold from August 2012 through January 2013. Owners should stop using the vehicles and schedule a free inspection and repair with their local dealer. John Deere will be contacting registered owners directly or they can call (800) 537-8233 for more information.
There appears to be some overlap between this recall and a previous one involving a fuel line issue. While the serial number ranges do not match exactly, the manufacturing timeframes are the same and the selling timeframes overlap several months. It is likely there were multiple problems with the same engines.