On some of these units, the handlebar holder, tie-rod adjustment, and tie-rod end nuts may not have been tightened to the proper torque.
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.
Name of Product: Kawasaki 2007 model year KFX®50 and KFX®90 ATVs
Units: About 9,000
Distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. of Irvine, Calif.
Hazard: On some of these units, the handlebar holder, tie-rod adjustment, and tie-rod end nuts may not have been tightened to the proper torque. Operation of the vehicle can cause the nuts to loosen, resulting in a loss of steering control. The poses a crash hazard, which can result in injury or death.
Incidents/Injuries: Kawasaki has received 10 reports of nuts loosening on the handlebar holder, tie-rod adjustment or tie-rod end nut. One of these incidents resulted in a consumer losing steering control during ATV operation and receiving a minor injury.
Description: The recall involves Kawasaki 2007 model year KSF50B7F (KFX50) and KSF90A7F (KFX90) All Terrain Vehicles. These are 50cc and 90cc models designed for use by operators 6 years of age and older (KFX50) and 12 years and older (KFX90). They are available in Lime Green or White, and have "Kawasaki" and "KFX50" or "KFX90" on the sides of the bodywork below the handlebars.
Sold by: Kawasaki dealers nationwide from August 2006 through December 2006 for between $1,700 and $2,150.
Remedy: Consumers with recalled ATVs were sent direct notice from Kawasaki. Consumers should stop using these ATVs immediately and contact a local Kawasaki dealer to schedule an appointment for repair service.
Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can call Kawasaki Customer Service Department 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 www.kawasaki.com.