FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2003
PRODUCT: Gasoline-powered Small Engines - Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 45 engines that have been incorporated into Ventrac compact articulated tractors manufactured by Venture Products Inc. The recalled engines are 27 horsepower, liquid-cooled, overhead-valve (OHV), V-twin models with electric start and horizontal output shafts. The engine model and serial numbers are on a label at the top of the engines and next to the radiator cap:
|Engine Model||Application Specification||Engine Serial No.|
|FD750D||AS02||000001 through 020851|
PROBLEM: Vibration during operation can result in abrasion wear to the fuel tube, leading to a fuel leak. If the fuel leak comes in contact with a spark or flame, it can cause a fire and burn hazard.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Kawasaki has received one report of fuel leakage, which resulted in a fire and burn injury to the operator.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the Kawasaki engine-equipped compact tractors immediately and contact the authorized dealer from whom the tractor was purchased for a free repair. The repair will consist of installing a new fuel tube with a protective cover, and a new clamp to hold the fuel tube in place. Consumers also can call a local authorized Kawasaki engine dealer to schedule the free repair. For more information, contact a Ventrac authorized dealer, or contact Kawasaki, toll free, at (866) 902-9381 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. To locate an authorized Kawasaki dealer using the Internet, log on to the company's website at www.kawpower.com.
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