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An off-road vehicle maker was recently required to pay $5.2 million in connection with allegations that it purposely failed to alert government officials in a timely manner about issues with its vehicles. The company that was recently fined is Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., the maker of Teryx vehicles. Some drivers in West Virginia may have purchased these dangerous products, which caused injuries to multiple consumers.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 2012 to 2014, 400 reports were sent to Kawasaki about its Teryx4 750 vehicle floorboards cracking and breaking while drivers were operating the vehicles normally. Debris on the outside of the vehicle apparently caused the cracking and breaking. Three reported incidents led to injuries.

The commission said that, from 2013 to 2015, 150 more reports went to Kawasaki about cracking and breaking floorboards in the company’s Tery4 800 and Teryx 800 vehicle models. Three incidents involving these vehicles led to injuries as well. Kawasaki reportedly did not let the commission know about the defects and also materially misrepresented the defect issue to the company staff by not reporting the proper number of incidents.

Companies in West Virginia are expected to create safe products and to promptly recall dangerous products. If they fail to do this, consumers can easily become seriously injured, depending on the nature of the defects. When a consumer is hurt due to using a defective product, he or she has the right to take legal action. In a successfully fought civil suit, monetary damages may be awarded, which may help with covering hospital expenses, the loss of wages and other related losses.

Source: journalstar.com, “Kawasaki to pay $5.2 million fine for vehicle defects“, Matt Olberding, June 12, 2017