Toro Recalls Riding Mowers Because Engine Could Turn On While Dismounting

Toro lawn mower - recallThe Toro Co. has recalled its Toro Z Master ZRT mowers because the riding mowers may turn on when the driver leaves the seat and the company has gotten one report of a consumer's foot being cut by the mower, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recalled mowers include an optional light-gray deluxe seat that has a built-in operator presence switch. The problem is the switch may turn on the motor as the driver get up off the seat. About 3,700 mowers were sold in the United States through Toro dealers and another 109 were sold in Canada from September 2005 through January 2011 for between $13,000 and $17,000, CPSC said.Included in the recall are Toro Z Master ZRT -- short for zero radius turn -- mowers with 52-inch to 72-inch cutting decks. These commercial-duty mowers have light gray seats with an adjustment knob on the front of the seat's bottom.

The CPSC lists the model and serial numbers of the affected mowers.

Consumers who have the optional deluxe seat should contact Toro for instructions on how to fix it or a Toro dealer will repair the problem for free. Call Toro at (866) 946-3109 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Now that lawn season is approaching -- and has already arrived in some parts of the country -- consumers looking to buy a mower need to consider what kind of mower they need for the size of lawn they have. Check out WalletPop's primer on buying the best lawn mower for your needs.

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