January 11, 2001                                       

Kawasaki Motors Corp. Announces Recall of Motocross Motorcycles

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 18,000 motorcycles, used in motocross competition. The rear brakes on these motorcycles can fail, causing a rider to lose control of the vehicle and crash, resulting in injuries or death.

The recalled Kawasaki motorcycles are 2001 KX series motocross vehicles, with model numbers KX65, KX85, KX100, KX125, KX250 and KX500. The name "Kawasaki" appears on each side of the frame near the steering column, and the model number appears on each side of the frame running from the rear tire to the breaking system. The motorcycles are green, with white on the front of the steering column and on the each side of the seat. Kawasaki dealers nationwide sold the motorcycles from May 2000 to November 2000 for between $2,800 and $5,800.

Consumers should stop using the motorcycles immediately. Kawasaki will mail owners a free repair kit. Owners can make the repair themselves or return their motorcycle to a Kawasaki dealership, for a free repair. For more information, consumers should call their local dealership or Kawasaki at (866) 802-9381, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. PT Monday through Friday; or, go to the company's website at www.buykawasaki.com. Kawasaki Contact: Doug Freeman or Gale Nye (714) 557-3663