U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Communications
Kubota Recalls Off-Road Utility Vehicles Due to Carbon
October 2, 2012
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: Off-road Utility Vehicle
Units: About 970
Manufacturer: Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation, of
Hazard: Carbon monoxide can accumulate in the vehicle cab
when the engine is idling and the vehicle is not moving,
resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning.
Incidents/Injuries: Two instances of headaches attributed to
carbon monoxide gas have been reported to the firm.
Description: The recalled vehicle is the Kubota RTV500 with
cab. It is a 4x4 utility vehicle with side-by-side seating
for two people, a small cargo bed and an optional cab. The
vehicle is gasoline-powered and available in the colors
orange or camouflage. The model number "RTV500" is
on the doors of the vehicle. "Kubota" and
"4x4" are on the outside of the cargo bed.
Sold at: Authorized Kubota dealers nationwide from September
2008 through April 2012 for between $12,900 and $13,200.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should contact their Kubota dealer to
schedule a free repair of the recalled vehicle, including the
installation of a high-velocity exhaust tail pipe, the
installation of special seals inside the cab and a check of
the ventilating system.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Kubota
toll-free at (800) 752-0290 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at
and click on Safety/Safety Notices. Kubota is contacting its