WASHINGTON , D.C. - 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.
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