August 20, 2002
Arctic Cat Inc. Announces Recall of All-Terrain Vehicles
Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn., is voluntarily recalling 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 riders.
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 http://www.arctic-cat.com/news/atvrecall.asp. 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.