August 20, 2002Arctic Cat Has Recalled All-Terrain
River Falls, MN (SafetyAlerts)
- Arctic Cat Inc. has recalled
about 45,000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The ball joints on the front
suspension of these ATVs can fail, resulting in a loss of control. This can
cause the ATV to overturn, posing a risk of serious injury or death to
Arctic Cat has received 73 reports of broken front suspensions, 10 of which
resulted in injuries to riders, including a shoulder rotator cuff injury,
and bumps and bruises.
The recalled 2002 model ATVs are either red or green. They have the brand
name "Arctic Cat" written on both sides of the vehicle. The recall includes
the following ATV model names: 250, 300, 300 Massey Ferguson, 375, 400, 400
i, 500, TBX 500 and 500i. Consumers should have their ATV's model name and
13-digit model number available when they call or visit the firm's web site
to determine if an ATV is included in the recall. The model name is located
on the front of the ATVs, just below the speedometer. The model number is
included in the registration materials received at the time of purchase.
Arctic Cat dealerships nationwide sold these ATVs from June 2001 through
June 12, 2002 for between $4,000 and $6,500.
Consumers should stop using these ATVs immediately. Registered owners have
been notified about this recall by mail. To determine if an ATV is part of
this recall, consumers should call Arctic Cat toll-free at (800) 210-5941
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or go to the firm's web
site at www.arctic-cat.com. Consumers should have their ATV's model name and
number available when they call. Consumers with a recalled ATV should
contact their local Arctic Cat ATV dealer to schedule the free repair.