Kubota Recalls Off-Road Utility Vehicles Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 5, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – 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: Off-road Utility Vehicle

Units: About 970

Manufacturer: Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation, of Gainesville, Ga.

Hazard: Carbon monoxide can accumulate in the vehicle cab when the engine is idling and the vehicle is not moving, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning.

Incidents/Injuries: Two instances of headaches attributed to carbon monoxide gas have been reported to the firm.

Description: The recalled vehicle is the Kubota RTV500 with cab. It is a 4×4 utility vehicle with side-by-side seating for two people, a small cargo bed and an optional cab. The vehicle is gasoline-powered and available in the colors orange or camouflage. The model number “RTV500” is on the doors of the vehicle. “Kubota” and “4×4” are on the outside of the cargo bed.

Sold at: Authorized Kubota dealers nationwide from September 2008 through April 2012 for between $12,900 and $13,200.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should contact their Kubota dealer to schedule a free repair of the recalled vehicle, including the installation of a high-velocity exhaust tail pipe, the installation of special seals inside the cab and a check of the ventilating system.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Kubota toll-free at (800) 752-0290 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.kubota.com and click on Safety/Safety Notices. Kubota is contacting its customers directly.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov

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.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing and speech impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.

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