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Kawasaki Recalls ATVs Due to Fire Danger

November 03, 2017

Kawasaki Recalls ATVs - What You Should Know from a Georgia Products Liability Attorney

ATVs are extremely popular throughout Georgia.  Over the past decade, there have been numerous accidents involving ATVs, where children and adults alike have suffered significant injuries, sometimes leading to death.  From time to time, manufacturers of cars and ATVs notice defects that must be cured to ensure injuries and death do not occur.  In other situations, manufacturers issue recalls after customers or consumers experience the consequences of a product defect. 

Kawasaki, the manufacturer of ATVs for years 2013 through 2017, has recently recalled a certain model of ATV that accommodates one person.  Approximately 15,000 of these ATVs were sold and are now subject to the recall.  The reason why Kawasaki has issued a recall is because of a fuel leakage that has the potential to cause a fire.  No injuries have been sustained, but customers had reported the leakage to both Kawasaki and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  The CPSC then notified consumers of the recall related to that particular fire hazard. Kawasaki vows to fix the defect.

Consequences of ATV Accidents

ATV accidents happen for various reasons, some of which involve weather conditions, human error, and product defects.  Kawasaki has determined a product defect in the fuel tap that is causing leakage and has taken steps to cure the issue.  However, it has not taken the step to recall these particular ATVs.

Regardless of how and why an ATV accident happens, the consequences can be catastrophic physically, emotionally, and financially.  Riding an ATV is typically a recreational activity, as opposed to a basic means of travel.  As such, the consequences of injuries sustained from an ATV accident can be especially tragic when the injuries were sustained while participating in a recreational activity – something that was supposed to be enjoyable.  Even though ATVs are small and seem relatively safe, they can still be dangerous and must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. 

When Someone Else is at Fault

If a product defect causes a person to suffer injury or death and the injured individual or family members file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product, a jury may find that the company is liable for the product defect.  Because Kawasaki has recalled certain ATVs before any injuries or deaths have occurred, nobody with these particular ATVs should be sustaining injuries or death related to the fuel leak defect.  When it is not a defective product, but rather negligent conduct that is the cause of injury or death, the injured person or loved ones can normally seek legal action against the person alleged to be responsible for causing the accident.

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