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Toro® Z-Master ZRT Riding Mowers

Starting date:
March 30, 2011
Posting date:
March 30, 2011
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Household Items, Miscellaneous
Source of recall:
Health Canada
General Public (GP)
Identification number:

Joint Recall with Toro, Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC)

Affected products

Toro® Z-Master ZRT Riding Mowers

Product description

This recall involves the deluxe seat option for Toro® Z-Master zero radius turn (ZRT) riding mowers. This seat is not the standard option for the riding mower but is a special order option. It is a light gray seat with an adjustment knob on the front part of the seat.

The following model numbers and serial numbers can be found on the right hand side of the unit, just in front of the gas tank:
Model Number Serial Number
74264, 74265 260 000001 to 260 999999
74266, 74267, 74274, 74253, 74254 270 000001 to 280 999999

Hazard identified

Mowers with the optional deluxe seat have an operator presence switch built into the seat. The switch may activate the mower when the operator vacates the seat, posing an injury hazard from the blade to the operator and anyone in the vicinity of the mower.

In the United States, Toro has received one report of a foot laceration.

Neither Health Canada nor Toro have received reports of incidents or injuries in Canada related to the use of the riding mowers.

Number sold

Approximately 109 units of the recalled riding mowers were sold in Canada at authorized Toro dealers.

In the United States, approximately 3,700 of the recalled riding mowers were sold at authorized Toro dealers nationwide.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from September 2005 to January 2011 in Canada and in the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States.


The Toro Company

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the riding mowers if they have the deluxe seat installed and contact a Toro service dealer for a free repair. Consumers should contact Toro to determine if their riding mower is included in this recall or to find the location of their nearest Toro service dealer.

For more information, consumers may contact Toro toll-free at 1-866-946-3109, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit Toro's website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.