November 13, 2000Honda Recalls 126,000
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
|2000 TRX350TM Rancher
|2001 TRX350TM Rancher
|2000 TRX350TE Rancher ES
|2001 TRX350TE Rancher ES
|2000 TRX350FM Rancher 4 x 4
|2001 TRX350FM Rancher 4 x 4
|2000 TRX350FE Rancher 4 x 4 ES
|2001 TRX350FE Rancher 4 x 4 ES
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
Honda ATV dealers nationwide sold
both models of these ATVs from July 1999 through September 2000 for between $4,000 and
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 http://www.hondamotorcycle.com/press/index.html.
Registered owners of the vehicles have been notified directly by American Honda about the
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