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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-03-2005, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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CPSC, Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. Announce Recall of ATVs
Tuesday August 2, 8:14 am ET

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC's Web site at

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Name of product: Kawasaki Model Year 2001-2005 Prairie and Brute Force
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Units: About 155,000

Distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif.

Hazard: A significant impact to the front wheel of the ATV while the
steering is fully turned to either side can result in suspension damage,
wear, and an eventual loss of steering control that could result in
injury or death. Note: Kawasaki previously recalled the Prairie 700 4x4
in March 2005 because the age recommendation warning label was missing.

Incidents/Injuries: Kawasaki has received 42 reports of ball joint
separation which could result in loss of steering control. Three injuries
have been reported.

Description: The recall includes 2001 through 2005 Prairie and Brute
Force Kawasaki ATVs. The following Kawasaki ATV models are included in
this recall: Prairie 300, Prairie 300 4x4, Prairie 360, Prairie 360 4x4,
Prairie 400, Prairie 400 4x4, Prairie 650 4x4, Prairie 700 4x4, and Brute
Force 650 4x4. The model numbers can be found on the identification label
located on the frame of the ATV. "Prairie" or "Brute Force" is printed on
each side of the vehicle's gas tank.

Sold at: Kawasaki dealers nationwide from August 2000 through July 2005
for between $4,400 and $7,400.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled ATVs immediately and
contact an authorized Kawasaki ATV dealer to arrange for a free repair.
Registered owners of the vehicles will be notified directly by Kawasaki
about the recall.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Kawasaki toll-free at (866)
802-9381 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or
visit their Web site at

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products -- such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals -- contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 or visit CPSC's Web site at Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 802-9381

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-31-2005, 08:31 AM
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The only problem with this recal is the lack of parts to fix the problem, I have been on a waiting list starting Aug 10, when I first got the recal notice, the dealer said that they only get 2 repair kits per month and they will call when my number comes up.

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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-02-2006, 04:15 PM
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Well my number came and got the recall done last week, rides just fine

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2 a month on a saftey recall? doesnt that seem a bit wrong? we'll at least you got it fixed now.

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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-03-2006, 09:22 AM
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They were slow for a while but maybe 5 or 6 a month. They should be coming steady now. Glad to hear you are fixed up.
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post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-21-2006, 11:17 AM
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patiently not waiting

I have been waiting since Aug on a waiting list as everyone else. I called my local dealer 3 months ago and I was 18th on the list. It will be another 9 months before I get my prarrie fixed. I will not let it sit in my garage to collect dust, I ride it daily with my husband and his prarrie which is also on the waiting list.
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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-01-2006, 03:45 PM
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mine rides fine

wow i didnt get a notice but oh well id still ride it till it broke anyways but i am goin to call bout this!
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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-01-2006, 03:51 PM
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I still have not received a call from my dealer! They blame Kawasaki for not getting them the parts to fix the problem. They said that Kawasaki sent out the letters 2 months before they received any of the parts. I think this is really bad pr for the company. I have since purchased a Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 800. I was very hesitant due to the recall procedure.
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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-10-2006, 02:17 PM
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I got my 700 Prarie fixed but it took them 6 months to get the parts for it!
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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-18-2006, 10:18 PM
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Wow... hard to believe parts are so hard to get. I've started working at the local Kawasaki dealer and have done a few of the recalls so far. Doesn't seem to take more than a week to get parts.
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