Kawasaki youth ATVs recalled

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kawasaki issued a recall for its 2007 model year KFX50 and KFX90 ATVs. On some of the youth-oriented units, the handlebar holder, tie-rod adjustment and tie-rod end nuts may not have been tightened to the proper torque.

Operating the vehicle can cause the nuts to loosen, resulting in a loss of steering control. This poses a crash hazard, which can result in injury or death. 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.

The recall involves Kawasaki 2007 model year KSF50B7F (KFX50) and KSF90A7F (KFX90) ATVs. The 50cc and 90cc models are designed for operators six 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.

Kawasaki dealers nationwide sold the ATVs from August 2006 through December 2006 for between $1,700 and $2,150. About 9,000 units are involved in the recall.

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