Consumer product recall

Frontier Rotary Tillers recalled due to an entanglement hazard

Starting date:
January 7, 2021
Posting date:
January 7, 2021
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety
General Public
Identification number:

Last updated:


  • Product:
    Frontier Rotary Tillers.
  • Issue:
    Missing safety sign may lead to contact with the driveline, posing an entanglement hazard to consumers.
  • What to do:
    Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tillers and contact the nearest John Deere dealer for an inspection and repair of the product.

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and John Deere Canada ULC.

Affected products

Frontier Rotary Tillers

Product description

This recall involves John Deere's Frontier-branded rotary tillers, for use with compact utility tractors. The affected model numbers are RT1142, RT1149, RT1157, RT1165, RT1173, RT1181, RT3042, RT3042R, RT3049, RT3049R, RT3062, and RT3062R.

"Frontier" and model numbers are printed on the tiller.

A complete list of serial numbers included in this recall along with the location of the serial number is available at:

Hazard identified

Some PTO (Power Take-Off) drivelines were assembled without a specified safety sign. The safety sign explains the associated hazards and that an operator or bystander can become entangled if there is contact with the driveline.

As of December 4, 2020, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada or in the United States.

Number sold

The company reported that 137 units of the affected product were sold in Canada and 1,738 were sold in the United States. 

Time period sold

The affected products were sold from May 2019 to November 2020. 

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States



John Deere Canada ULC





Manufactured for Frontier, a brand of Deere & Company, by Maschio Gaspardo




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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tillers and contact the nearest John Deere dealer to arrange to have the tiller inspected and if necessary, repaired.

For more information, consumers may contact Deere & Company by telephone toll-free at 1-866-993-3373. Consumer support is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Consumers can also visit the company's website.

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

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.