American Honda Expands Recall of About 19,500 FourTrax ATVs Due to Crash Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 26, 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 19,500 (about 2,900 were recalled in February 2012)

Distributor: American Honda Motor Co. Inc., of Torrance, Calif.

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

Incidents/Injuries: Honda is aware of 10 incidents of suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a sprained wrist.

Description: The recalled vehicles are two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATV TRX420 FA, FE, FM, FPA, FPE, FPM, TE and TM models. The ATVs are red, green or camouflage and have the word “Honda” and the Honda wing logo on both sides of the fuel tank. The word “Rancher” is on the front cowl below the handlebars and on the left rear fender. Rancher models in the following Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ranges are being recalled:

Model VIN Ranges
TRX420FA 1HFTE370*C4300541 thru C4301380
TRX420FA Camo 1HFTE374*C4300121 thru C4300240
TRX420FE 1HFTE354*C4501741 thru C4504380
TRX420FE Camo 1HFTE357*C4500301 thru C4500720
TRX420FM 1HFTE350*C4502342 thru C4506061
TRX420FM Camo 1HFTE359*C4500317 thru C4500840
TRX420FPA 1HFTE372*C4300482 thru C4302461
TRX420FPA Camo 1HFTE375*C4300061 thru C4300420
TRX420FPE 1HFTE35K*C4501202 thru C4502881
TRX420FPE Camo 1HFTE35M*C4500241 thru C4500360
TRX420FPM 1HFTE35F*C4501441 thru C4502760
TRX420FPM Camo 1HFTE35H*C4500301 thru C4500420
TRX420TE 1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4504020
TRX420TM 1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4503001

*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 November 2012 for between $5,100 and $7,600.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these ATVs and contact their Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. American Honda is contacting its customers directly.

Consumer Contact: American Honda; toll-free at (866) 784-1870, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at http://powersports.honda.com and click on “Product Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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 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: SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing and speech 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 www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.

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