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From Products Liability Law Daily, December 15, 2015

Kawaski Teryx and Teryx4 off-highway vehicle recall expanded

By Leah Poniatowski, J.D.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., of Irvine, California, has expanded the recall of Teryx and Teryx4 off-highway vehicles because debris can break through the vehicle floor board and protrude into the foot rest area, which poses a risk to the operator and front passenger. The recall affects approximately 19,500 vehicles (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 16-716, December 15, 2015).

Incidents and injuries. Kawasaki received 628 incident reports of debris cracking or breaking through the vehicle’s floor boards, and eight injuries to riders’ lower extremities have been reported.

Product description. This recall involves 2012 and 2013 model year Teryx4™ 750 4x4 (four seats) and 2014, 2015, 2016 model year Teryx® 800 4x4 (two seats) and 2014, 2015, and 2016 model year Teryx4 800 4x4 (four seats) recreational off-highway vehicles. These four-wheel off-highway vehicles have automotive style controls and seating for two or four. The Teryx 800 has side-by-side seating for two people, two doors, a roll bar with hand holds and a cargo bed. The Teryx4 750 and Teryx 4 800 have side-by-side seating for four people, four doors, a roll bar with hand holds and a cargo bed. The models come in three different styles: Non-EPS, EPS, and EPS LE. The LE style has a roof and aluminum wheels. The model name is printed on the driver’s side of the hood or on the left and right front fender.

The 2012 Teryx4 750 model comes in blue, camo, green, yellow, and red. The 2013 Teryx4 750 model comes in black, camo, green, red, white, and yellow. The 2014 Teryx4 800 model comes in green, camo, yellow, and orange. The 2015 Teryx4 800 model comes in green, orange, white, camo, and black. The 2016 Teryx4 800 model comes in camo, white, green, red, and gray. The 2014 Teryx 800 model comes in camo, green, and blue. The 2015 Teryx 800 comes in green, white, black and camo. The 2016 Teryx 800 comes in green, gray, camo, and white.

These vehicles, which were manufactured in the United States, were sold at Kawasaki dealers nationwide from November 2011 through November 2015 for between $13,400 and $16,300.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using the recalled vehicles immediately and contact an authorized Kawasaki dealer to schedule a free repair. Consumers with previously repaired vehicles also should have this additional repair.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Kawasaki toll-free at 866-802-9381 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or online at http://www.kawasaki.com/ and click on “Recall/Safety Info” for more information.

Companies: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

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