Product Defects in Kawasaki Off-Highway Vehicles
As of April 2020, at least 453 consumers have reported issues or crashes related to the Kawasaki MULE PRO steering system, although none of these reports include injuries at this time. Because the steering shaft is designed incorrectly and wears down with use, it can affect steering control and reduce the driver’s ability to prevent a life-threatening crash.
There have also been at least 165 consumer complaints related to oil leaks in a few specific variants of the MULE PRO off-highway vehicle – and tragically, multiple people have been seriously burned or injured because of this particular ignition defect. Kawasaki has also issued a recall for their products with fuel leaks and ignition problems, including all MULE PRO-FX, MULE PRO-FXR, and MULE PRO-FXT vehicles manufactured between 2015 and 2020.
Why Are Off-Road Vehicles So Dangerous?
Unfortunately, Kawasaki is not the only off-road vehicle manufacturer that has faced complaints and even litigation over faulty steering systems, fuel leaks, and other serious defects. In the state of Texas, more people die in ATV and off-highway related accidents than in any other state in America, and many of these fatalities can be linked to product defects.
Because ATVs and off-highway vehicles are meant for recreational use, the industry is not as well-regulated as those governing standard transportation methods such as cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Additionally, ATV and off-road vehicle drivers do not always have the ability and knowledge to operate these vehicles, adding to the risk of a crash.
If you or your loved ones have been hurt or killed in an off-road vehicle accident, there’s little that can compensate for your losses. However, by pursuing a product liability lawsuit against the vehicle manufacturer, you may be able to find peace of mind knowing that you’ve helped other consumers avoid a similar tragic accident.
At The Ammons Law Firm, we’ve recovered over $1 billion in recoveries for our clients, including in auto defect, personal injury, and defective product cases. We fight relentlessly on behalf of those who have been injured because of negligence, and we’re not afraid to stand up to major manufacturers such as Kawasaki USA.
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