March 16, 2005
Alert #05-555

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: Suzuki 2004-2005 model year Vinson and 2005 KingQuad ATVs

Units: About 30,000

Hazard: Water can enter the throttle lever case and freeze, causing the throttle lever to become stuck and fail to automatically return to the idle position when the rider releases the throttle. If the throttle lever does not automatically return to the idle position when the rider releases the throttle, the ATV will not slow down as the rider expects. The rider could lose control of the ATV and an accident resulting in injury or death could occur.

Distributor: American Suzuki Motor Corp., of Brea, California

Incidents/Injuries: Suzuki has received two reported incidents of the throttle sticking. One minor injury reported.

Description: Suzuki 2004-2005 model year LT-A500F Vinson, Suzuki 2004-2005 model year LT-F500F Vinson, and Suzuki 2005 model year LT-A700X KingQuad ATVs. Suzuki Vinson and KingQuad ATVs are adult-size ATVs designed for use by riders age 16 and older. Suzuki dealers sold these ATVs nationwide between July 2003 and February 2005. These ATVs are available in yellow, green, red or camouflage and have the model name (Vinson or KingQuad) on the side of the fuel tank. A photograph of the 2005 Suzuki King Quad ATV is provided below.

What to Do: Consumers should stop using these ATVs immediately and contact a local Suzuki dealer to schedule an appointment for repair service.

Consumer Contact: Consumers can call American Suzuki Customer Service Department at (800) 444-5077 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday, and at the Web site

Picture of All Terrain Vehicle (ATV)