September 27, 2006
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.
Name of Product: Kawasaki MULE utility vehicles
Units: About 400 units.
Distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif.
Hazard: These vehicles could have been assembled with improperly manufactured steering knuckles that could break while the vehicle is in operation. This can cause a loss of steering control and cause a crash resulting in injury or death.
Incidents/Injuries: Kawasaki has received no reports of incidents or injuries.
Description: The recall involves Kawasaki MULE 3000 (KAF620-G), MULE 3010 4x4 (KAF620-E/H), MULE 3010 Trans4x4 (KAF620-J/K) and MULE 3010 Diesel Trans4x4 (KAF950-C) models. These are 4-wheel off-highway vehicles featuring side-by-side seating for two or four people, and automotive-style controls.
Sold by: Kawasaki dealers sold these MULE utility vehicles from August 2006 through September 2006 for between $8,800 and $10,800.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the MULE utility vehicle immediately and contact their local Kawasaki dealer to schedule an appointment for an inspection of the steering knuckles and a free replacement, if necessary.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact your local Kawasaki dealer or call Kawasaki toll-free at (866) 802-9381 between 8:30a.m.and 4:45p.m. PT Monday thru Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.kawasaki.com
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