The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Utility Vehicle
Units: About 1,876
Importer: KYMCO USA, of Spartanburg, S.C.
Hazard: An exposed portion of the exhaust system can allow debris such as leaves, brush or other flammable materials to enter the opening and ignite, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: KYMCO USA has received three reports of vehicles catching on fire and being damaged. No reports of injuries have been received.
Description: The recall involves 2009 through 2012 KYMCO utility task vehicles (UTVs). The vehicles are gasoline-powered, off-road vehicles with two side-by-side seats, a cargo bed and a steering wheel. The vehicles come in red, blue, black, gray, orange, silver and green and have the model and brand name “KYMCO” on both sides of the rear fender area and the front of the hood. The following UTVs are being recalled:
Models … Model Year … Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Range
UXV 500 … 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 … RFBUS37A 09B100101 through 9CB490364
UXV 500 LE … 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 … RFBUS37A 09B100101 through 9CB490364
UXV 500 SE … 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 … RFBUS37A 09B100101 through 9CB490364
UXV 500i … 2012 … RFBUS33A 4CB100101 through 8CB230205
UXV 500i LE … 2012 … RFBUS33A 4CB100101 through 8CB230205
UXV 500i SE … 2012 … RFBUS33A 4CB100101 through 8CB230205
The VIN is located on the frame behind the right front wheel. The tenth alphanumeric character of the VIN is the model year of the vehicle (i.e. 9 = 2009, A = 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012).
Sold by: KYMCO dealers nationwide from June 2008 to October 2011 for between $7,600 and $10,100.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should stop using these vehicles and return them to a KYMCO dealer for the free installation of a repair kit.