October 21, 2021

John Deere Recalls 4M and 4R Compact Utility Tractors

John Deere 4M Recall

Possible Injury Risk Causes Partial Recall to Compact Tractors

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, John Deere has recalled a number of the 4M and 4R Compact utility Tractors due to a potential injury risk.

According to the report, some of the rear wheel spacer bolts were improperly torqued during manufacturing, causing the potential for the wheel to fall off during use. Subsequently, using these recalled models could result in the tractor overturning and poses an injury threat to the operator. It should be noted, however, that John Deere has only received one report of a wheel falling off, and no reports of user injury.

The recall only affects only about 200 John Deere compact utility tractors. These have the model numbers 4044M, 4044R, 4052M, 4052R, 4066M, and 4066R. You’ll find these model numbers printed on the hood of the tractor, along with the branding.

The affected models came in a green and yellow color scheme in both open and closed cab configurations. You can also look up each recalled tractor’s serial number – located on the frame at the front right side of the machine – by visiting John Deere’s tractor recall site by clicking here .

Should you own or operate one of the affected models, stop using it immediately. Contact an authorized John Deere dealer for a free inspection and repair of the rear wheel mounting bolts. John Deere will also contact all known owners directly.

For more information, you can contact John Deere directly at 800-537-8233 between 8am and 6pm ET Monday-Friday, or between 9am and 3pm ET on Saturday. You can also visit John Deere’s website and click on the “Product Recall Information” on the “Service and Support” drop-down menu.


John Deere 4M and 4R Compact Utility Tractor Recall Information

  • Recalled Model Numbers: 4044M, 4044R, 4052M, 4052R, 4066M, and 4066R
  • Hazard: Rear wheel spacer bolts that were torqued improperly during manufacturing can cause the wheel to fall off during use. This can result in the tractor overturning, posing an injury hazard to the operator. 
  • Remedy: Repair through authorized John Deere dealer
  • Recall Date: August 19, 2021
  • Units: About 200
  • Recall Number: 21-776

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