For more information, contact Kubota toll-free at (800) 752-0290 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.kubota.com and click on Safety/Safety Notices. Kubota is contacting its customers directly.
|October 2, 2012
Kubota Recalls Off-Road Utility Vehicles Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Off-road Utility Vehicle
Units: About 970
Manufacturer: Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation, of Gainesville, Ga.
Hazard: Carbon monoxide can accumulate in the vehicle cab when the engine is idling and the vehicle is not moving, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning.
Incidents/Injuries: Two instances of headaches attributed to carbon monoxide gas have been reported to the firm.
Description: The recalled vehicle is the Kubota RTV500 with cab. It is a 4x4 utility vehicle with side-by-side seating for two people, a small cargo bed and an optional cab. The vehicle is gasoline-powered and available in the colors orange or camouflage. The model number "RTV500" is on the doors of the vehicle. "Kubota" and "4x4" are on the outside of the cargo bed.
Sold at: Authorized Kubota dealers nationwide from September 2008 through April 2012 for between $12,900 and $13,200.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should contact their Kubota dealer to schedule a free repair of the recalled vehicle, including the installation of a high-velocity exhaust tail pipe, the installation of special seals inside the cab and a check of the ventilating system.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Kubota toll-free at (800) 752-0290 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.kubota.com and click on Safety/Safety Notices. Kubota is contacting its customers directly.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product-related incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of injuries associated with consumer products over the past 50 years.
Federal law prohibits any person from selling products subject to a Commission ordered recall or a voluntary recall undertaken in consultation with the CPSC.