Arctic Cat of Thief River Falls, Minn., has recalled about 40,000 single-rider and 2 UP style all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Components in the front gear case can fail, posing a risk of loss of control and crash hazard. The company has received 44 reports of components in the front gear case failing, including 10 reports of the vehicle stopping abruptly or the operator losing of control of the ATV. There have been 4 reports of injury, including 1 involving a consumer sustaining broken ribs and injuries to a knee and back.
This recall involves model year 2008 and 2009 Arctic Cat single-rider and 2 UP style ATVs. Single-rider ATVs have one seat and one set of footrests for the operator. 2 UP ATVs have an elongated seat designed to hold one passenger behind the operator, a set of hand-holds mounted to the rear frame for the passenger and two sets of footrests. The recalled ATVs came in a variety of colors and have the name Arctic Cat on each side of the fuel tank and on the front above the grill opening.
All model year 2008 Arctic Cat ATVs with 400 cubic centimeter (cc) and larger engines are being recalled. Model year 2009 Arctic Cat ATVs with 400 cubic centimeter (cc) and larger engines and with production numbers within the following ranges are being recalled: 200001 through 203861, 808001 through 808137, and X25082 through X30243. The engine size is printed on the back of the instrument cluster between the handle bars. The vehicle identification number (VIN) in the format 4UF09******XXXXXX is on the frame tube near the driver’s side rear wheel and contains the model year and production number of the vehicle. The model year is the fourth and fifth characters of the VIN in the YY format. The production number is the last six characters of the VIN.
The ATVs. Manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from May 2007, to October 2014, for between $5,500 and $12,000. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact an Arctic Cat dealer to schedule a free repair. Consumers may contact Arctic Cat at (800) 279-6851 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
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