The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the recall of nearly 49,000 Kubota utility vehicles. The recall is due to an issue with the floor mats that may increase the risk of a crash.
Floor Mats on Kubota Vehicles May Interfere with Normal Operation
The problem is that the floor mats can warp or degrade and interfere with the throttle pedal, which could increase the risk of the driver’s foot not coming into contact with the throttle as it should, increasing the risk of a crash. At the time of the recall, the company had received one report of a loss of control that resulted in black eyes and minor bruising.
The recall involves the model year 2013 through 2021 base model Kubota RTV-X1100C utility vehicles. Specific models may include an additional letter after the “C,” for example, 1100CR. The recalled units have serial numbers ranging from 10001 through 67546. The model number should be found on the side of the unit and the data plate, and also on the side of the unit. The serial number should be on that data plate as well.
The vehicles were sold at authorized Kubota dealers nationwide from April 2013 through September 2021 for between $21,300 and $22,950. They were manufactured in the U.S. and distributed by Kubota Tractor Corporation of Grapevine, Texas.
Kubota Offering to Repair or Replace Affected Floor Mats
Consumers should stop using the recalled vehicles immediately and contact an authorized Kubota dealer. At inspection, if the floormat is warped or degraded, consumers will receive a new one secured by rivets to the floor. If the mat is not warped or degraded, the dealer should modify the existing one by trimming it and then securing it.
Kubota is contacting all known consumers directly. Consumers can also contact the company toll-free at 888-458-2682 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. They may also check the company’s recall site online.
Previous Kubota Recall Implemented Because of Faulty Seat Belt Stays
The last recall that affected Kubota utility vehicles occurred on November 30, 2017. Back then, the company recalled nearly 27,000 RTV-X series vehicles because the seat belt stays could break, posing an injury hazard to consumers in the event of a crash.
This recall affected RTV-X vehicles with model numbers ending in 900, 1100, 1120D, and 1140. They were diesel-powered and sold in orange and camouflage. The vehicles were sold at authorized Kubota dealers nationwide from June 2015 through June 2017 for between $15,000 and $25,000.
At the time of the recall, Kubota had received three reports of the seat belt stays breaking worldwide. No incidents had been reported in the U.S., and no injuries had been reported.
Consumers were advised to stop using the vehicles and contact a dealer to schedule a free repair.
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