Yamaha Recalls Big Bear ATVs Due to Crash Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 3, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

RECALL Summary

Name of product: Yamaha All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Hazard: The front shock absorber can break apart and cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, posing a crash hazard.

RECALL Details

Units: About 100

Description: The recalled vehicles are four-wheeled 2012 Yamaha Big Bear 400 ATVs.  The model numbers YFM40FBBGR, YFM40FBBL and YFM40FGBGR can be found on the left and right side panels of the unit.  The ATVs are blue, green or camouflage and have black gear racks on the front and back. The words Yamaha Big Bear can be found on both sides of the ATV and the fuel tank. The VIN number is stamped on the frame just behind the front left wheel. The letter “C” in the 10th position of the VIN indicates the ATV was made in 2012.

Incidents/Injuries: Yamaha is aware of 14 incidents of the front shocks braking apart. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact their local Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair.  Yamaha is contacting its registered owners directly.   

Sold at: Yamaha ATV dealers nationwide from August 2012 to May 2013 for between $6,500 and $7,000.

Distributor: Yamaha Motor Corporation USA, of Cypress, Calif.

Manufactured in: United States

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

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