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    Couple Suing John Deere & Co.

    New Lenox Couple Suing John Deere Co. After Child Run Over By Lawnmower | New Lenox, IL Patch

    This is why manufacturers like John Deere have safety features like the RIO switch.
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    Geeeeez... we are over-run with idiots and lawyers.

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    It sucks that the kid was hurt, and I hope he recovers; but it's the parents responsibility to know where their kids are. If that picture in the article is indeed the lawn tractor in question; it was pre-RIO (aka Lawyer-Switch) by the looks of it. What does the couple expect Deere to do as a result of this lawsuit; besides cough up money? Do they expect Deere to recall every pre-RIO lawn tractor out there to be retrofitted with a Lawyer-Switch? Then what, retrofit existing tractors with seat switches, etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum. I hope the judge throws the case out.

    We do not have kids or pets; therefore I've disabled the RIO switches on any lawn tractors I've owned. Using a simple jumper it can be put back to OEM condition in less than 10-minutes. If I had kids or pets; I'd weigh the pros and cons of disabling the switch based on the child's age and intellectual maturity, or whether the pet is a hyper ankle-biter type or a mellow old hound that only gets excited when the food bowl is filled.
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    I am very saddened that the child was harmed, but when did we give up our personal responsibility?
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmgirl19 View Post
    I am very saddened that the child was harmed, but when did we give up our personal responsibility?
    A long time ago. It's just becoming more prevalent now.
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    The really sad part is the more and more safety devices that are added will not prevent these accidents. As you all have already noted it is the operators responsibility to operate safely.
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    There is so much wrong with the situation.....

    How could anyone be cutting grass and not see a kid playing? My head is on a swivel when cutting grass watching for everything, rocks, toys, animals, etc. But on top of that, what kid would let a screaming mower get within feet of them much less run over them. When my kids were real young they didn't like that much noise.

    Of course this doesn't address how the adults should know exactly where their young child is and what is going on around the child
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    I hate to see anyone get hurt. I also hate when common sense is thrown out the window. In my opinion the there is no liability for John Deere here.
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    Well, the parents can't sue the operator because he's the grandfather. Must be the manufacturer's fault, right?
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