About 1,384 Arctic Cat All-Terrain Vehicles have been recalled by Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn. The ATV’s steering tie-rod can bend, causing loss of control which poses a crash hazard. Arctic Cat has received three reports of bent tie-rods. No reports of injuries have been received, according to the company. The recall includes all 2011 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs and some 2012 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs. Recalled 2012 model year ATVs can be identified by the last six numerals of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the following ranges: 6V0101 through 6V0178 and 700101 through 700230. The VIN is located on the lower front frame tube below the front bumper. The recalled ATVs are black and orange or black and lime green and display the words “Arctic Cat” on each side of the cowl ahead of the handlebars. The model number “450 XC” is on the front center of the cowl.
The all-terrain vehicles were sold at Arctic Cat dealerships nationwide since February 2011 for between $6,500 and $6,900. Consumers should immediately stop using these ATVs and contact their local Arctic Cat ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners have been directly notified about this recall by mail. For additional information, call Arctic Cat at (800) 279-6851 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.arctic-cat.com.
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