October 7, 2014 — The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for KYMCO all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) due to burn and fire hazards.
The recall involves the KYMCO MXU 700 vehicles from the 2013-2015 model-years, including standard, LE, and Camo versions. Approximately 540 of these ATVs were sold for about $9,000 between April 2013 and August 2014.
No incidents or injuries have been reported, but the CPSC recommends that consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact a KYMCO dealer for a free repair.
According to the CPSC:
“In hot environments or high elevations, the fuel cap can fail to vent properly, causing the fuel to heat up and pressure to build up in the tank. The pressure can cause the fuel tank to rupture or the fuel to boil out of the tank onto the operator or hot engine, resulting in burns to the operator or a fire.”
CPSC Evaluates ATV-Related Fatalities
Meanwhile, the CPSC has published a study (PDF) on deaths in ATV crashes. Between 2005 and 2007, there were 2,454 reports of ATV-related fatalities. Of these deaths, 536 (21.8%) involved ATVs carrying more than one rider.
When the CPSC evaluated incidents involving passengers, they found that the driver was more likely to be killed except in situations when the passenger was on the driver’s lap. Overturning events were the most significant hazard associated with ATV-related fatalities.
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