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Kawasaki USA Recalls Utility Vehicles due to Fire Hazard

MULE 610 4×4 XC (KAF400DCF/ECF)

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: Utility Vehicles

Units: About 3,900

Distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA, of Irvine, Calif.

Hazard: The fuel tube can scrape against the air cleaner housing and develop holes, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Kawasaki has not received any reports of incidents or injuries.

Description: The vehicles are model year 2012 Kawasaki four-wheeled, off-highway utility vehicles with side-by-side seating for two people and automobile style controls. Each model has a bench seat, a rollover protection structure and a cargo bed. The vehicles are available in the colors green, red, black and camouflage. The following models are being recalled:

MODEL NAME MODEL NUMBERS COLORS
Kawasaki Mule 600 KAF400BCF Green
Kawasaki Mule 610 4×4 KAF400ACF Red or Green
Kawasaki Mule 610 4X4 XC KAF400DCF or KAF400ECF Black or Camouflage

The brand name appears on the sides and tailgate of the cargo bed and the model name appears on the sides of the front cowl. The model number can be found on a label under the seat, which flips up. The abbreviation “4WD” also appears on the sides of the of the cargo bed of the 610 models.

Sold at: Kawasaki dealers nationwide from June 2011 to February 2012 for between $6,700 and $8,200.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these vehicles and contact their Kawasaki dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Kawasaki between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday toll-free at (866) 802-9381 or visit the firm’s website at www.kawasaki.com. Kawasaki is contacting its customers directly.

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

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