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American Honda expands recall of FourTrax ATVs due to crash hazard

MEDIA RELEASE

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)

Units: About 19,500 (about 2,900 were recalled in February 2012)

Distributor: American Honda Motor Co. Inc., of Torrance, Calif.

Hazard: A weld on the ATV’s front right and left upper suspension arms can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, posing a crash hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Honda is aware of 10 incidents of suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a sprained wrist.

Description: The recalled vehicles are two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATV TRX420 FA, FE, FM, FPA, FPE, FPM, TE and TM models. The ATVs are red, green or camouflage and have the word “Honda” and the Honda wing logo on both sides of the fuel tank. The word “Rancher” is on the front cowl below the handlebars and on the left rear fender. Rancher models in the following Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ranges are being recalled:

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The model number is visible on the right front frame down pipe above the driver’s right-hand side front wheel. The VIN is located on the top center front of the frame and is visible looking down between the bars of the gear rack and through the middle opening of the front fairing.

Sold at: Honda ATV dealers nationwide from September 2011 to November 2012 for between $5,100 and $7,600.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these ATVs and contact their Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. American Honda is contacting its customers directly.

Consumer Contact: American Honda; toll-free at (866) 784-1870, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at powersports.honda.com and click on “Product Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov

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