ATV That Killed Puna Man Was Subject of Recall

On Sunday March 8, 2009 a 49-year-old Puna man was killed while riding his ATV in Hawaiian Acres subdivision in Puna on the Big Island. Robert Texeira of Kurtistown was riding a Suzuki King Quad ATV going north on Road B when the ATV overturned and landed on Mr. Teixeira who was wearing a helmet.

The Suzuki King Quad ATV that Mr. Texeira was riding when he died is a product line that was the subject of a product recall according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

CPSC, American Suzuki Motor Corp. Announce Recall of 2005 King Quad All-Terrain VehiclesThe following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Suzuki 2005 model year LT-A700XK5 King Quad ATVs

Units: About 19,600

Hazard: Use of an improper tie rod adjustment procedure during assembly could lead to separation of the tie rod end housing from the attachment shaft. This could cause the rider to lose control of the ATV and result in injury or death.

Incidents/Injuries: American Suzuki has received seven reports of tie rod end separation, and no reports of injuries

Description: The recall involves Suzuki 2005 model year LT-A700XK5 King Quad ATVs. They are adult-size ATVs designed for use by riders age 16 and older. These ATVs are available in yellow, green, or red and have the King Quad model name on the side of the fuel tank.

Police were seeking anyone with information on this crash to call Officer Andres Fojas at 961-8889. Because this crash occurred on a private road, the death is not counted toward the island’s official traffic fatality count. I am also interested in what happened. Let me know too if you know more facts.

The question remains why the ATV rolled over onto Mr. Texeira? The CPSC recall certainly raises some concern about Mr. Texeira’s death.

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