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CubCadet ZForce 23 50" - runs, but dies when try to move

I was mowing and it suddenly just died and I couldn't determine why. Now, with blade switch off, as it should be ... it starts and runs fine, but when I try to release brake lever or bring steering handles together, it kills immediately. If I reset the brake and/or separate the handles while the engine is dying, it takes off again, but I can't go anywhere.

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The safety switch under the seat is faulty and it must be replaced.

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