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A Dead Man’s Switch is designed to assure that a lawn tractor’s blades will not rotate without an operator in the seat. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of certain John Deere lawn tractors because of a potential failure of this important safety feature.

Deere & Company Recalls Lawn Tractors, Blade Could Operate While Mower Unattended

Name of Product: John Deere X300 Select Series Lawn Tractors

Units: About 16,000

Hazard: A problem in the manufacturing process could cause damage to the circuit in the interlock module. If the interlock module fails, the mower blades will be able to run with no operator on the tractor seat. Consumers could suffer injuries from contact with operating blades.

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