December 8, 2005
CPSC, Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. Announce Recall of All-Terrain Vehicles
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Product: Kawasaki 2005 model year Brute Force ATVs
Units: About 21,900
Distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif.
Hazard: Tie rod separation caused by either wear or severe impact can occur during operation, causing the front wheel to separate from the steering control. Separation of the tie rod can cause the rider to lose control of the ATV, resulting in a serious injury or death to the rider.
Incidents/Injuries: Kawasaki has received about 140 reports of tie rod problems, resulting in four reports of injuries.
Description: The recall involves Kawasaki 2005 model year KVF750-A1 and KVF750-B1 Brute Force ATVs. These models are 750cc V-twin All Terrain Vehicles available in Red, Green, Yellow, and Camouflage colorings. They have "Kawasaki" and "Brute Force" on the sides of the bodywork below the handlebars, and "V-Twin 750" on the sides of the rear fenders.
Manufactured in: United States
Sold by: Kawasaki dealers nationwide from June 2004 through November 2005 for between $7,600 and $7,900.
What to Do: Consumers with recalled ATVs were sent direct notice from Kawasaki. Consumers should stop using these ATVs immediately and contact a local Kawasaki dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can call Kawasaki Customer Service toll-free at (866) 802-9381 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.kawasaki.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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