FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2001
PRODUCT: ATVs - Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) of Irvine, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 790, all terrain vehicles (ATVs). The recall involves the 2002 model Kawasaki KV650 "Prairie" ATV. The ATV model has the identification "Kawasaki" and "Prairie" on both sides of the bodywork. Kawasaki dealers sold these ATVs nationwide between May 1, 2001 through May 25, 2001 for $6,999.
PROBLEM: The rear axle on some of these units could have been incorrectly heat-treated. This could allow the rear axle to break, causing a loss of vehicle control and injury.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: None reported.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using these ATVs immediately and contact a local Kawasaki dealer to determine if the vehicle is part of the recall. Consumers should call Kawasaki toll free at (866) 802-9381 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.
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