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            TODAY'S CONSUMER - Friday, October 27, 2006
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                  Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA
       Recalls ATV for Loss of Steering Control Hazard

The following product safety recall was voluntarily con-
ducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers 
should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise 

Name of Product: Kawasaki 2007 Model Year Bayou 250 All-
Terrain Vehicles

Distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., of Irvine, 

Hazard: The nuts securing the tie-rod ends to the steering 
shaft may not have been tightened sufficiently during 
assembly. If the nuts loosen during operation, the operator 
could lose steering control, posing a risk of crashing. 

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries reported.

Description: The recall involves 2007 model year Kawasaki 
KLF250A7F ATVs. These are 4-wheel ATVs sold under the 
brand name Kawasaki Bayou 250. They are available in red, 
green, or white, and the words “Kawasaki” and “Bayou” are 
on the sides, and “250” on the rear fender.

Sold at: Authorized Kawasaki dealers nationwide from 
September 2006 through October 2006 for about $3,000. 

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the ATV immediately 
and contact their local Kawasaki dealer to schedule a 
free repair. The correction will consist of tightening 
the tie-rod end mounting nuts to the proper torque. 
Kawasaki dealers will correct this problem at no charge.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact your 
local Kawasaki dealer or call Kawasaki toll-free at 
(866) 802-9381 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. PT, 
Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at 


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College has defended U.S. drug spending, which accounts 
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they are looking at the interactions. So why is it a bad 
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York University clinical psychologist Leonore Tiefer said 
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WASHINGTON, Calif., -- The U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency says Americans are recycling more, while throwing 
away less. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson says U.S. 
citizens recycled 32 percent of their waste in 2005. In-
cluding composting, Americans recycled 79 million tons or 
refuse, representing a 2-percent increase from 2004 and a 
huge jump from 16 percent in 1990. In all, the EPA annual 
report shows Americans generated nearly 246 million tons 
of municipal solid waste during 2005 -- down nearly 2 
million tons from 2004. Officials said the decrease is 
due in part to the decline in individual waste generation 
to about 4.5 pounds per person per day, representing a 
1.5-percent decrease from 2004. In addition to generating 
less waste, individuals recycled nearly 1.5 pounds per 
person per day. Other data contained in the report show 
recycling trends across the board are generally up, with 
container and packaging recycling increasing to 40 per-
cent. "President Bush and EPA are transforming our throw-
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"Environmental responsibility is everyone's responsibility. 
And with our partners like the National Recycling Coalition, 
we are encouraging individuals and businesses to embrace 
their environmental responsibility to recycle."

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