By: Staff Writers | Published: March 16th, 2012
About 3,900 Kawasaki Mule 600-series utility vehicles have been recalled due to a design defect that may cause the vehicles to burst into flames.
The Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on March 15.
According to the CPSC, the Kawasaki Mule’s fuel tube may scrape against the air cleaner housing. This can cause holes to develop, which may allow fuel to escape, posing a fire hazard. However, there have been no reports of injuries or actual fires involving the off-highway vehicles.
The recall affects the model year 2012 Kawasaki Mule 600, model number KAF400BCF; the model year 2012 Mule 610 4×4, model number KAF400ACF; and the model year 2012 Mule 610 4×4 XC, with model numbers KAF400DCF and KAF400ECF.
All are four-wheeled, off-high way utility vehicles with seating for two people and automobile style controls. The vehicles have a bench seat, a rollover cage and cargo bed. The brand name is located on the sides and tailgate of the cargo bed and the model name is printed on the sides of the front cowl. The model number is located on a label under the seat.
The recalled vehicles were sold at Kawasaki dealers nationwide from June 2011 through February 2012 for between $6,700 and $8,200.
The CPSC recommends that consumers with affected vehicles stop using them immediately and contact a Kawasaki dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair. Registered owners are being contacted directly by the company if their vehicle is listed as one of those recalled. Consumers with questions can call Kawasaki at (866) 802-9381, or visit the company’s website at www.kawasaki.com.