Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Fuel Filter Warning & Recall Notice

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In voluntary cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is recalling certain FE, FH, FJ FR, FS and FX series engines because of a potential safety issue.

Hazard: The fuel filter, installed between the fuel tank and fuel pump of select applications may leak. Leaking fuel increases the chance of fire on general purpose engine applications.

Product Description: Recalled product includes eligible Kawasaki FE, FH, FJ, FR, FS and FX series engines installed to riding lawn mowers, wide-area walk-behind lawn mowers and utility vehicles sold nationwide between October 2011 and August 2012.  Eligible engine serial number and fuel filter manufacturing date ranges are included in table at the end of this alert. The engine model and serial number is located on the engine blower housing as shown below.  The fuel filter manufacturing date is located on the fuel filter as shown below. Only engines between the listed serial numbers with fuel filters manufactured between the eligible date codes are part of this recall.

Fuel filters were also sold separately and included in tune-up kits manufactured between October 2011 and August 2012.  Eligible fuel filters are identified by the manufacturing date code listed in the table at the end of this recall alert.

Remedy: Customers should stop using recalled engines immediately, even if no filter leak is detected.  Customers should contact the nearest Kawasaki dealer as soon as possible to make arrangements to have the equipment repaired free of charge.  Customers that wish to complete this repair on their own should contact Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. toll free at (866) 836-4463 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, or e-mail ffrecall@kmc-usa.com for further instructions and a free repair kit.  Customers will need to have their engine model code and serial number available when calling.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. at (866) 836-4463 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday ET.

See PDF for list of eligible engines.