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Recall of Kubota Utility Vehicles

The popular tractor and utility vehicle manufacturer Kubota has issued a recall concerning several models of their gas-powered utility vehicles. The recall affects the Kubota RTV400 and RTV500 models from the years 2013, 2014, and 2015. These vehicles came in both orange and camouflage design and possess serial numbers that cover 10001 to 22042 if located on the RTV400, and from 25083 to 40991 if located on the RTV500. To locate the serial number of your Kubota, owners should look at the data plate on the rear end of the cab, right before the bed of the vehicle.

The original price range of these utility vehicles ranged from $21,000 and $22,000, and they were distributed exclusively by the Kubota Tractor Corporation, which is located in Torrance, California. The vehicle is manufactured in the United States.

The reason for the recall concerns the steering shaft, which has been proven to be easily breakable. If the steering shaft does break, then the driver of the vehicle can easily lose control. This poses a fairly serious risk to any individuals operating a Kubota RTV400 or RTV500, and so far the company has filed nine separate reports of broken shafts. In only one report was the operator of the vehicle injured (this injury was a result of an impact between the vehicle and a barbed wire fence).

The number of units affected by this recall is estimated to be around 23,400. If you own one of the affected models, the Kubota company has issued a statement requesting that you cease using the vehicle immediately and bring it to an authorized dealer. The statement further states that any repair and inspection directly related to this malfunction will occur completely free of charge to the consumer.

Continued operation of a vehicle that has been recalled is highly dangerous and ill-advised. Products that enter the consumer market are in no way guaranteed to be safe, although companies often try to predict any and all malfunctions the product may suffer over the course of normal use. This is why the recall procedure is a common one in most every arena of manufacture.

If you, or a loved one have been injured in an ATV accident, contact Orlando product liability lawyer James O. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).

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