October 7, 2003CPSC, Kawasaki Announce Recall of ATVs
product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise
Name of Product: Kawasaki Prairie all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
Manufacturer: Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. USA, of Lincoln, Neb.
Hazard: The lower front suspension arm can separate from the steering
assembly, resulting in a loss of steering control and posing a serious risk
of injury to the rider.
Incidents/Injuries: Kawasaki has received 42 reports of incidents, including
nine injuries, such as broken bones, bruising, scrapes, and lacerations.
Description: The recalled Kawasaki ATVs include both 2-wheel and 4-wheel
drive versions of the Prairie 300 and 400 models, which were manufactured
between 1997 and 2000. The ATVs come in green or red and have the words,
"Kawasaki" and "Prairie" printed on each side of the vehicle, "300" or "400"
printed on the left side, and ""4x4" printed on the side of the seat (for
the 4-wheel drive models only).
Sold at: Authorized Kawasaki dealers nationwide sold the ATVs from September
1996 through December 2000 for between $4,500 and $6,100.
Manufactured In: U.S.A.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the ATVs immediately and contact their
Kawasaki dealer to schedule an appointment for a free inspection,
replacement of the pinch bolt or repair of damaged parts.