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Kawasaki, KYMKO Recall ATVs

Jun 27, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP

Kawasaki Motor Corp. and KYMKO USA have each recalled defective ATVs (all terrain vehicles) because of throttle issues.  Consumers who have one of the defective ATVs should stop using them until appropriate repairs can be made.

Kawasaki is recalling about 6,000 2008 Model Year KFX 50 and KFX 90 Youth ATVs.  The affected models are green or white with black trim. The model name is located on either side below the handlebars. The recalled ATVs were sold at  Kawasaki dealerships nationwide from August 2007 through June 2008 for about $1,750 (KFX 50) and $2,200 (KFX 90).

According to the recall notice, the throttles on the Kawasaki ATVs can fail to return to the idle position when released or could fail to be at idle on start-up. This could result in loss of vehicle control, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the rider

Kawasaki has sent registered owners direct mail notification of this recall.  For additional information, consumers may contact Kawasaki toll-free at (866) 802-9381 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

is recalling 1700 2008 Model Year Mongoose Youth ATVs because the carburetor can cause the throttle to stick open, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the rider.  The recalled ATVs were sold by KYMCO dealers nationwide from August 2007 through June 2008 for between $1,700 and $2,100.

Registered owners were also sent direct mail notification of this recall. For additional information, consumers can contact KYMCO USA toll-free at (888) 235-3417 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at

ATV recalls are not unusual. Earlier this week, Arctic Cat recalled 6,000 ATVs for a speed control problem.  In March, Yamaha Motor Corp.  recalled some of its popular Rhino models for a brake defect, and in May, Honda recalled 1400 Model Year 2008 Honda TRX500 ATVs for a brake defect.

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