Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. and KYMCO U.S.A., in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), have each voluntarily issued recalls of a combined 8,000 ATVs because of loss of speed control, the CPSC recently reported.
Kawasaki recalled about 6,000 model year 2008 KFX 50cc and KFX 90cc ATVs, while KYMCO has recalled about 1,700 model year 2008 Mongoose 50cc, 70cc and 90cc Youth ATVs.
The Kawasaki recall is because of a risk of throttle failure. The throttle might not return to the idle position when released or to be idle on start-up. This can cause loss of vehicle control and result in serious injury or death to the rider. No incidents have been reported. The Kawasaki models affected are green or white with black trim, with the model name located on either side of the handlebars.
KYMCO recalled its ATVs because of a defect in the carburetor that can cause the throttle to stick open, possibly causing loss of control and serious injury or death to the rider. No incidents have been reported. The models affected are yellow, blue, red and white and have the model name printed on either side of the fuel tank.
The affected models were sold nationwide in Kawasaki and KYMCO dealerships August 2007-June 2008 for between $1,700-$2,200.
Owners were sent direct mail notifications of both recalls.