John Deere announced a large recall of their XUV crossover utility vehicle because of a steering shaft issue. The recall involves approximately 68,300 Gator XUV825, XUV825 S4, XUV855, and XUV855 S4 crossover utility vehicles sold between March 2012 and November 2017. The steering shaft can separate from the steering rack assembly and result in a loss of steering control. Consumers should immediately stop using the vehicle and contact their John Deere dealer for a free repair.
This is one of the largest recalls in the market in the last few years outside of the well publicized Polaris recalls in 2016. Any recall over 10,000 vehicles would be considered large compared to what typically occurs in the market. SVR tracks recent recalls of UTVs, LSVs and golf cars. Luckily, there have been no reports of injuries and only nine reports of steering control loss.
The following is recall information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
John Deere Recalls Crossover Gator Utility Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard (Recall Alert)
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled utility vehicles and contact an authorized John Deere dealer for a free repair. John Deere is contacting purchasers of the recalled utility vehicles directly.
Incidents/Injuries: John Deere has received nine reports of steering loss. No injuries have been reported.
Sold At: John Deere dealers nationwide from March 2012 through November 2017 for between $13,400 and $16,100.
Manufacturer(s): Deere & Company, of Moline, Ill.
Manufactured In: U.S.