Kubota has issued a recall for model year 2013, 2014 and 2015 RTV-X1100C diesel-powered utility vehicles. Debris can make contact with the exhaust manifold on the vehicles and potentially catch fire. There have been seven reports of debris-related fires but no injuries. The recall involves approximately 11,500 vehicles sold from October 2013 to October 2015. Consumers should stop using the vehicle and contact their local Kubota dealer for free inspection and repair.
Comment: This is a significantly larger recall than most utility vehicle recalls which typically involve one thousand to four thousand vehicles. However, the fire hazard due to debris interacting with hot parts of the vehicle has been a fairly common cause for recalls in the industry.
The recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission follows:
Name of product: Utility Vehicles
Hazard: Combustible debris can make contact with the exhaust manifold and ignite, posing a fire hazard.
Consumer Contact: Kubota Tractor Corp. toll-free at 800-752-0290 between 8a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.kubota.com and click on More, then Safety, then Safety Notices for more information. Kubota is contacting consumers directly.
Units: About 11,500
Description: This recall involves model year 2013, 2014 and 2015 Kubota RTV-X1100C series diesel-powered utility vehicles. Recalled utility vehicles come in the colors orange and camouflage and have serial numbers ranging from 10001 to 23172. The model number is on the side of the unit and on the data plate on the back of the cab, between the cab and the bed. The serial number is also on the data plate.
Incidents/Injuries: Kubota has received seven reports of debris-related fires. No injuries have been reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled utility vehicles, park them away from combustible materials and contact an authorized Kubota dealer for a free inspection and free repair and should follow their directions. Kubota is contacting consumers directly.
Sold at: Authorized Kubota dealers nationwide from October 2013 to October 2015 for between $21,000 and $22,000.
Distributor(s): Kubota Tractor Corp., of Torrance, Calif.
Manufactured in: United States