RECALL: American Honda Recalls About 2,900 ATVs due to Crash Hazard

February 21, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)

Units: About 2,900

Distributor: American Honda Motor Company, of Torrance, Calif.

Hazard: A weld on the ATV’s front right upper suspension arm can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, posing a crash hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Honda is aware of four incidents of suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a sprained wrist.

Description: The recalled vehicles are two-wheel drive 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATV models TRX420TE and TRX420TM. The ATVs are red or green and have the word “Honda” on both sides of the fuel tank and the word “Rancher” on the front cowl below the handlebars and on the left rear fender. Rancher models in the following VIN ranges are being recalled:

Model VIN Ranges
TRX420TE 1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4502580
TRX420TM 1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4501681

*Denotes a random alphanumeric identifier: “0-9” or “X”

The model number is visible on the right front frame down pipe above the driver’s right-hand side front wheel. The VIN is located on the top center front of the frame and is visible looking down between the bars of the gear rack and through the middle opening of the front fairing.

Sold at: Honda ATV dealers nationwide from September 2011 to January 2012 for between $5,100 and $5,300.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these ATVs and contact their Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact American Honda between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday toll-free at (866) 784-1870 or visit the American Honda’s website at http://powersports.honda.com. American Honda is contacting its customers directly.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on www.saferproducts.gov

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: www.saferproducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.

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