WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kubota Tractor Corp. is recalling models of its 2013, 2014 and 2015 RTV400 and RTV500 series gas-powered utility vehicles, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The steering shaft can break and cause the operator to lost control of the vehicle, posing an injury hazard due to risk of collision. Kubota has received nine reports of shafts breaking. 

The recall includes 23,400 utility vehicles. The recalled utility vehicles come in orange and camouflage and have serial numbers ranging from 10001-22042 for the RTV400 and 25083-40991 for the RTV500. The model is on the side of the unit and on the data plate on the back of the cab, between the cab and the bed. The serial number is also on the data plate.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled utility vehicles and contact an authorized Kubota dealer for a free inspection and free repair, according to the CPSC.