CPSC, Excel Industries Inc. announce recall of riding lawn mowers

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Excel Industries Inc., of Hesston, KS, is voluntarily recalling about 1,500 Hustler “FasTrak” riding lawn mowers. Excessive heat, vibrations and wear causes the fuel line to droop over time and rub against the transmission fan, causing the fuel line to be cut. This poses a fire hazard and a risk of burn injuries to consumers.

Excel has received two reports of incidents where gasoline leaks were discovered. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

This recall involves Hustler “FasTrak” riding mowers with 44- and 52-inch decks. The riding mowers are yellow and black with the “FasTrak” logo printed on both sides. The model and serial number of the mower can be found on an identification plate on the left side of the frame in front of the fuel tank, below the operator’s platform. Here are the model and serial numbers for the recalled mowers:

Model 926501, Serial numbers P01107001 to P01107003 and 01127001 to 02057338.

Model 926519, Serial numbers 01127008 to 02057218.

Model 926527, Serial numbers 02027112 to 02027112.

Model 926592, Serial numbers 01117001 to 02057263.

Model 926600, Serial numbers 02027111 to 02057243.

Model 926774, Serial numbers 02047277 to 02057128.

Authorized Hustler dealers sold these riding mowers nationwide from November 2001 through May 2002 for between $4,700 and $5,500.

Consumers should stop using these recalled riding mowers immediately and contact their local Hustler dealer to determine if their mower is included in the recall. The dealer will reroute the fuel line and replace it if necessary. To locate an authorized Hustler dealer, consumers can call (800) 395-4757 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers also can visit Excel’s Web site at www.excelhustler.com.

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