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November 7, 1996

Release # 97-020
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC, Cycle Country Accessories Announce Fix for ATV Snow Blades

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cycle Country Accessories Corporation is announcing the recall and free retrofit of their snow blades used on all terrain vehicles (ATVs).

The snow blades, available in kits manufactured prior to June 1991, used a solid lift link to raise the snow blade. Under certain conditions, this solid lift link may cause the snow blade's lift lever to swing back, striking the operator's knee. In June 1991, Cycle Country Accessories changed the design using a chain link to lift the snow blade to reserve the solid link as a tool-box accessory for special applications.

Cycle Country Accessories is aware of three reports of the lift levers with the solid link striking the ATV operator's knee.

The snow blade attachment is an ATV add-on kit, which includes a plow blade and the related hardware. When attached to an ATV, the snow blade can be used for plowing snow, gravel, or other light plowing duties. Cycle Country Accessories distributed the plow blade kits with the solid lift link from 1982 to 1991.

Consumers who purchased a Cycle Country snow blade kit for their ATV before or during 1991 can get a free chain link by contacting the ATV dealer who sold them the snow blade kit. They can also call Cycle Country toll-free at (800) 841-2222.

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