July 24, 2001ATV Winch Kits Recalled by
- Warn Industries Inc. is voluntarily recalling 50,000 winch kits, which attach to
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and are used as a vehicle recovery tool. An electrical
component of the winch kit, the solenoid, poses a fire hazard when used in this
application, even when the vehicle is parked and the winch is not in use. The solenoid was
manufactured by White-Rodgers.
Warn Industries has received five reports of ATV fires started from winch kits installed
on these vehicles in the U.S., and four reports of ATV fires in Canada. One consumer
reportedly suffered smoke inhalation as a result of one of these fires. The fires resulted
in loss or damage to the ATVs and, in some cases, adjacent vehicles or surrounding
The A2000 winch kit is normally mounted directly to the ATV. To control the winch
direction, the A2000 uses a round switch that mounts to the rack or handlebars of the ATV.
The winch is gray and has a "Warn" logo on the body of the winch below the model
number, "A2000." The A2000 winch kit includes a solenoid, which is used to
interrupt the power to the winch. "White-Rodgers" is written on the label of the
solenoid. The solenoid is found attached to the power wire between the battery and the
switch. The bracket used to attach the affected solenoid has one open slot and one hole.
ATV dealers and specialty retailers
nationwide and mail order catalogs sold these ATV winch kits from November 2000 through
May 2001 for about $400.
Consumers should immediately
disconnect the solenoid wires from their ATV and call their local ATV dealer or Warn
Industries to receive the free replacement solenoid and installation instructions.
Consumers can call Warn Industries at (877) 277-0539 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday
through Friday; e-mail the firm at email@example.com; or visit their web site at
This recall does not include the Warn ATV winch kits with Camdec solenoids, used prior to
the White-Rodgers solenoid.
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