Suzuki recalls all-terrain vehicles for children because of mechanical problem, crash hazard

Wednesday, September 26th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ American Suzuki Motor Corp. is recalling about 7,400 all-terrain vehicles for children because of mechanical problems that could cause the driver to lose control and crash.

The drive chain on these recalled vehicles can come off the sprockets and lock the rear axle, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The Brea, Calif.-based company has received one report of a chain coming off, but no injuries have been reported.

The recalled ATVs are the 2002 model year Suzuki ``QuadMaster 50'' designed for children 6 to 12 years old. The vehicle has ``QuadMaster 50'' written on both sides of the bodywork.

Suzuki dealers sold these vehicles nationwide from March 2001 through August 2001 for about $1,800.

The safety commission said consumers should stop using these ATVs and contact their local Suzuki dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair.

For more information, consumers should call the company at 1-714-572-1490 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday.