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CPSC Posts Recall to its Web Site

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2005 -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that the following voluntary recall alert was posted in cooperation with the manufacturers of the products listed below. Recalls can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/.

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  Company Name     Product Name    Quantity    Hazard
  Yamaha Motor     Yamaha Bruin    About       The protective boots
  Corporation      250, Bruin      70,000      covering the steering
  U.S.A., of       350 4WD and                 system's tie-rod ends
  Cypress,         2WD, Big Bear               (universal joints) on
  Calif.           400, Kodiak                 the recalled ATVs could
                   400, Kodiak                 be pinched during
                   450, and                    installation or
                   Wolverine 450               adjustment, cutting a
                   All-Terrain                 hole in the rubber. If
                   Vehicles                    this occurs, grease
                   (ATVs)                      could escape, and
                                               contaminants such as sand or
                                               mud could get into the
                                               assembly through the hole,
                                               causing accelerated wear.
                                               This could result in abnormal
                                               steering free play. If the
                                               ATV continues to be operated
                                               without repair, the ball and
                                               socket portion of the tie-rod
                                               end could wear to the point
                                               that they separate, resulting
                                               in loss of steering control,
                                               which could cause a vehicle
                                               crash with injury or death.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products -- such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals -- contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 or visit CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/.