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 http://www.cpsc.gov
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 http://www.kawasaki.com
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 http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html
. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 802-9381
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772