Recalls: Kawasaki Engines, Craftsman

On June 6, 2024, Kawasaki Motors USA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today the recall of about 68,500 gas engines used in zero-turn-radius and riding lawn mowers. and utility vehicles. The announcement said the recalled engines can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. 

The recall covers more than two dozen models of riding mowers and utility vehicles. It also includes eight different models of engines, sold as stand-alone products, all with the Kawasaki name. The other brands using the impacted Kawasaki engines are Bad Boy Mowers, BigDog, Bobcat, Cub Cadet, Hustler, John Deere, and Kubota. 

Kawasaki engine recall

The CPSC said that people should immediately stop using lawn and garden equipment with the recalled engines and contact Kawasaki, John Deere, Cub Cadet, Hustler, BigDog or Kubota, depending on the product owned, or an authorized dealer to schedule a free repair. All involved manufacturers will contact dealers and known purchasers directly.

The affected products were sold at equipment dealers nationwide from April 2021 through December 2023. They cost $4,000 to $15,500. 

This recall involves Kawasaki engines used in lawn and garden equipment sold under the Bad Boy Mowers brand name with mower models Rebel BRB54FX850, Rebel BRB6135KA, Rebel BRB61FX850, Rebel BRB7235KA, Revolt BRV54FX850, Revolt BRV61FX850, Rogue BRG5435KA, Rogue BRG6135KA, Rogue BRG61RD35KA, and Rogue BRG72RD35KA; under the BigDog brand name with mower model Stout MP; under the Bobcat brand name with mower models ZT6000, ZT6100, and ZT7000; under the Cub Cadet brand name with mower model ZTX-6; under the Hustler brand name with mower model FasTrak SDX; under the John Deere brand name with mower model Z760R, utility vehicle models Gator TX 4×2 and Gator TS 4×2, and some service engines for model year 2016-2020 lawn tractor models X350R, X350, X354, and X370; and under the Kubota brand name with mower model Z726XKW. 

The recalled engines are model year 2021-2023 FJ400D, FS600V, FS651V, FX691V, FX730V, FX801V, FX850V and FXT00V. The recalled engine model and serial numbers are located on the engine fan housing. 

Stanley Black & Decker recalls Craftsman tool

On May 30, 2024, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Craftsman announced a recall of about 44,000 V20 Cordless Tillers/Cultivators. The assembly instructions can cause consumers to incorrectly attach the bottom portion of the tiller/cultivator upside down, causing the tines to rotate toward the user, posing a laceration hazard.

Craftsman cordless tiller

Craftsman received one report of incorrect attachment of the bottom portion of the unit. No injuries have been reported. The cultivators were sold at a few national equipment chain stores including Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet stores, and online at Amazon.com from October 2022 through April 2024 for between $129 and $179.

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