According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Irvine, Calif.-based Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., has voluntarily agreed to conduct a recall of some of its Teryx Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles. Because of an incorrect label, the vehicles could become overloaded, increasing the risk of injury or death.
Eerily similar to Nissan recall
The recall sounds eerily similar to a recall issued earlier this week for some Nissan Titan pickups; a recall that was later expanded to also include the Armada SUV. That recall was conducted, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, because of a label that overestimated the safe occupancy of the vehicle.
A far greater risk
The same is true of the Kawasaki Teryx recall, except that the risk is far greater. If there is one too many people in a pickup or an SUV, it is not an optimal situation, but in normal driving conditions probably doesn’t represent a great increase in danger. However, in a tiny off-highway vehicle, designed for bounding over rugged terrain at rapid speeds, having too many bodies on board could represent a major hazard.
Fortunately, at this time, there have been no known injuries or death resulting from the labeling error, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
2,000 vehicles recalled
There are about 2,000 of the 2012 Teryx four-wheel, dual side-by-side seat vehicles involved in the recall. The affected model types — the numbers are emblazoned on the hood of the vehicles — are the Teryx 750 FI 4×4, the Teryx 750 FI 4×4 LE, the Teryx 750 FI, the Teryx 750 4×4 LE SGE and the Teryx 750 FI 4×4 Sport. They were sold between August 2011 and March 2012 at Kawasaki dealerships nationwide, priced from $10,600 to $12,000.
Replacement glove compartment cover
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the affected owners will be contacted by Kawasaki. Each owner will receive a new glove compartment cover, printed with the correct occupancy of two. The cover will come with instructions for self-installation, or owners have the option of returning Teryx vehicles to a local Kawasaki dealer for a free installation
Kawasaki can be reached for questions and inquiries about the recall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (800) 954-7228. he company can be contacted online through its website, www.kawasaki.com.
Not for sale
Last week, a Carfax study found that there were about 2.7 million vehicles offered to buyers in 2011 that had not been fixed, in spite of being targeted in recall campaigns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall notice warns:
“Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.”