August 20, 2017

Recall: Kohler Engines Sold with Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, and Troy-Bilt Riding Lawn Tractors

Name of Product: Kohler Courage Engines

Units: About 10,000

Manufacturer: Kohler Co., of Kohler, Wis.

Hazard: A wire connector on the engine can become disconnected causing the operator’s seat switch to fail. When this happens, the blades will not shut down, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Kohler Courage twin-cylinder engines sold with three brands of lawn tractors: Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, and Troy-Bilt. The vertical-shaft gasoline engines range in horsepower from 20 to 25. Engines included in this recall have serial numbers with the first five digits beginning with 41028 through 41056. Serial numbers can be found on the black engine cover.

Sold at: Lowe’s, Tractor Supply Company stores, and by authorized Cub Cadet dealers nationwide from February 2011 through April 2011 for between $1,500 and $5,700.

Manufactured in: USA

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the lawn tractors and contact an authorized Kohler dealer or the retail location where the tractor was purchased for a free inspection and repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kohler Co. at (800) 451-2294 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at

The complete listing of all recalled models can be found at:


  1. My cub cadet will not start. runs battery completely dead. Retailer-Farm Fleet in Dekalb, Illinois, refuses to pick up unit unless $90.00 pickup charge is paid, plus repairs. My unit is one year old. The unit has a Kohler engine.
    My fix is a little string attached to the choke linkage that I can pull when starting the engine, and the engine starts like a champ. Doesn’t say much for Kohler technology, does it?
    My brother is looking at Mowers, in Wisconsin…Should he know the problem, and lack of service? A gentleman named Thompson, called me from Missouri,with the identical problem, and I gave him the easy fix I found.