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

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.

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