|November 19, 2004
CPSC, Kubota Announce Recall of Utility Vehicles
The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Kubota RTV900 Utility Vehicle
Units: About 16,000
Distributor: Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, Calif.
Hazard: The front hood of the RTV900 utility vehicle can come off during operation, striking the driver or passenger and causing serious personal injury.
Incidents/Injuries: Kubota has received reports of two personal injuries to the face and/or back while people were operating the vehicles.
Description: The RTV900 Utility Vehicles are four-wheel, off-road vehicles with cargo boxes. They are designed for two people to sit side by side. "RTV900" appears on the side of the front hood. The serial number range for the affected vehicles is 10001 through 25883.
Sold at: Authorized Kubota RTV900 Dealers nationwide from January 2004 through October 2004 at a suggested retail price of between $9,899 and $11,199.
Manufactured in: U.S.A.
Remedy: Stop using the recalled vehicles and contact the nearest Kubota RTV900 Dealer to schedule an appointment to have the hood inspected and, if necessary, replaced free of charge.
Consumer Contact: Contact Kubota Tractor Corporation toll-free at (888) 458-2682, Ext. 990 (or 888 4-KUBOTA, Ext. 990) at any time during the week. Consumers also can go to the company's web site at www.kubota.com
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.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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