Hopefully, when a company discovers or is warned that one of its products is dangerous and potentially deadly to its users, it will take the steps necessary to protect its customers. We would hope that a company would be especially careful regarding a product it markets and sells to children. Unfortunately, a company called Kazuma Pacific Inc. doesn’ t appear to be concerned that its Youth ATV might cause serious injury or death to kids.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning for owners of the Kazuma Meerkat 50 Youth All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) that children are at risk of injury or death due to multiple safety defects with this off-road vehicle. The dangerous defects include a lack of front brakes, lack of a parking brake, missing neutral indicator light and that the ATV can be started in neutral. The ATV is particularly dangerous because it is marketed to children ages 6 to 11, who typically are inexperienced and just learning to ride ATV’s. The CPSC has recommended that riders stop using the Meerkat 50’s immediately, and demand a refund from whomever sold it to them. Incredibly, Kazuma Pacific is ignoring the CPSC, and is continuing to market and sell Meercat 50’s. Kazuma also refuses to keep data regarding reported injuries, so the CPSC cannot determine how many children have been injured or killed. Kazuma Pacific has sold at least 2,700 Meerkat 50 ATVs. This is the type of behavior that can cause kids to be needlessly hurt or killed, solely because an irresponsible company wants to increase its profits.
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