John Deere has recalled 3,700 riding mowers sold between August 2017 and December 2017 because the mower can continue to operate with the cutting blades engaged even if the user exits the seat. Typically, if the operator of a riding mower gets out of the seat with the blades engaged, the engine will shut off to reduce the risk of laceration to the user or a bystander. No injuries or incidents have been reported.

The recall includes 16 versions of John Deere ZTrak mowers, including two that have been tested by Consumer Reports, the John Deere Z345R-42 and the John Deere Z375R-54. During the course of testing, neither mower was observed to have blades that continued to operate when the user left the seat. The John Deere Z345R-42 is highly rated, cutting well in all three cutting modes, and was previously a recommended model.

The riding mowers were sold at authorized John Deere dealers and They're green and yellow with decks of different sizes.

If you own a John Deere ZTrak riding mower, check the serial number against the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice, which includes the full list of affected serial numbers. To find your model number, look on the control panel. The serial number is located on the rear frame of the riding mower, next to the engine. John Deere will also contact owners directly. If your model is affected, you should discontinue use and contact a John Deere authorized service center to complete a repair, free of charge.

John Deere ZTrak Mower Recall Details

The recall: 3,700 residential riding lawn mowers.

The risk: The mower’s blades can continue to rotate under power when the operator leaves the seat, instead of shutting off as intended. This poses a laceration risk to the user or bystanders.

Incidents/injuries: None

Where John Deere ZTrak riding mowers were sold: Authorized John Deere retailers and from August 2017 through December 2017 for $2,600 to $3,500.

The remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn mowers and contact a local authorized John Deere service dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair.

Contact the manufacturer: Consumers can contact John Deere at 800-537-8233 or online at

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to