September 26, 2001             

American Suzuki Motor Corp. Announces Recall of Youth ATVs


American Suzuki Motor Corp., of Brea, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 7,400 youth all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The drive chain on these ATVs could come off the sprockets and lock the rear axle. This could cause the driver to could lose control of the ATV and crash, possibly resulting in injury or death. American Suzuki Motor Corp. has received one report of a chain coming off the sprockets of one of these ATVs.

These are 2002 model year Suzuki "QuadMaster 50" ATVs designed for children 6 to 12 years old. The ATV has "QuadMaster 50" written on both sides of the bodywork. Suzuki dealers sold these ATVs nationwide from March 2001 through August 2001 for a list price of about $1,800.

Consumers should stop using these ATVs immediately and contact their local Suzuki dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair. For more information, consumers should call American Suzuki Customer Service Department at (714) 572-1490 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.