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Defective Products - Kawasaki Fined

Kawasaki Fined $5.2 Million for Lying about Defective Products

June 7, 2017
Kawasaki Motors Corp. has just paid a $5.2 million civil penalty for failing to inform the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) about potentially hazardous defects in its off-road vehicles, and for deliberately downplaying the number of defect reports it had received.

The case concerns Kawasaki’s Teryx4 750, Teryx4 800, and Teryx 800 recreational off-road vehicles manufactured between 2012 and 2016. The floorboards in these vehicles can crack or break during normal use when coming into contact with debris outside the vehicles. Such a defect can result in serious injury or death, according to the CPSC.

Furthermore, the CPSC found that Kawasaki knowingly misrepresented the number of reports it received about the Teryx4 750, which in actuality amounted to more than 400. As well, the company did not even report any of the defect reports it received about the Teryx4 800 or the Teryx800. Consumers submitted more than 150 total defect reports about these two models.

The CPSC reported that three injuries were caused by these defects.

In addition to paying the large penalty, Kawasaki will enact a system of internal controls, and will run a program to ensure that its products comply with the Consumer Product Safety Act.

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