Kubota recalls RTV500 for carbon monoxide hazard

Publish Date: 
Oct 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kubota Manufacturing of America Corp. is recalling its RTV500 off-road utility vehicle because carbon monoxide may accumulate in the cab while the vehicle is idling, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

"Carbon monoxide can accumulate in the vehicle cab when the engine is idling and the vehicle is not moving, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning," CPSC stated. Two instances of headaches attributed to CO gas have been reported to Gainesville, Ga.-based Kubota, the agency added.

About 970 vehicles are involved in the recall.

The RTV500 (pictured here, courtesy CPSC) with cab is a 4x4 utility vehicle with side-by-side seating, a small cargo bed and an optional cab. The vehicles involved in this recall were sold from September 2008 through April 2012 for between $12,900 and $13,200, the agency stated.

Kubota is notifying customers. Dealers will need to install a high-velocity exhaust tail pipe and then special seals for inside the cab, and then perform a check of the ventilating system.

Posted by Mary Slepicka