October 2, 2012
Alert #13-701

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.

Picture of recalled off-road utility vehicle