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November 13, 2000

Honda Recalls 126,000 All-Terrain Vehicles

Honda ATV RecallTorrance, CA (SafetyAlerts) - American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said today it is voluntarily recalling approximately 126,000 All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). Two models of Honda ATVs are being recalled for separate problems, both of which could result in riders losing control of the ATVs, crashing and suffering severe injuries or death.

A mounting bracket on the front suspension of the Honda Rancher TRX350 models could be welded improperly to the frame. If this mounting bracket breaks, the vehicle could lose steering control and crash. Honda has received 98 reports of improper welds. No injuries or incidents have been reported.

These ATVs are red, orange or olive green. "Honda Rancher" is written on the sides of the ATV's fuel tank. The following chart lists the Honda TRX350 models, years and Vehicle Identification Number ranges. The VIN can be found on a bracket behind the front bumper.

Rancher TRX-350:

2000 TRX350TM Rancher 478TE240*YA000001 to 478TE240*YA006853
2001 TRX350TM Rancher 478TE240*1A100001 to 478TE240*1A106180
2000 TRX350TE Rancher ES 478TE244*YA000001 to 478TE244*YA014053
2001 TRX350TE Rancher ES 478TE244*1A100001 to 478TE244*1A106660
2000 TRX350FM Rancher 4 x 4 478TE240*YA000001 to 478TE250*YA009132
2001 TRX350FM Rancher 4 x 4 478TE240*1A100001 to 478TE250*1A107740
2000 TRX350FE Rancher 4 x 4 ES 478TE244*YA000001 to 478TE254*YA021554
2001 TRX350FE Rancher 4 x 4 ES 478TE244*1A100001 to 478TE254*1A110680

The brake pads on these the Honda TRX400EX models could have been assembled incorrectly. This can cause the brakes to fail, resulting in severe injury or death.

Honda has received 53 reports of the brake pads assembled incorrectly on these ATVs, resulting in two consumers suffering injuries, including a sprained wrist and bruising.

These ATVs are red or yellow, and their model name, "400EX" appears on both sides of the fuel tank. The following chart lists the Honda TRX400EX model ATVs, years and Vehicle Identification Numbers ranges. The VIN can be found on the front-left-side frame down tube.


2000 TRX400EX 478TE230*Y4000001 to 478TE230*Y4028370
2000 TRX400EX 478TE232*Y4000001 to 478TE232*Y4001140
2001 TRX400EX 478TE230*14100001 to 478TE230*14103720
2001 TRX400EX 478TE230*14100001 to 478TE232*14100600

Honda ATV dealers nationwide sold both models of these ATVs from July 1999 through September 2000 for between $4,000 and $6,000.

Consumers should stop using these ATVs immediately, and call their local Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free inspection, and repair if needed. To locate their local dealer or for more information, consumers should call American Honda at (888) 289-8226 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or access the company's web site at

Registered owners of the vehicles have been notified directly by American Honda about the recall.

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