|December 26, 2012
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:
|TRX420FA||1HFTE370*C4300541 thru C4301380|
|TRX420FA Camo||1HFTE374*C4300121 thru C4300240|
|TRX420FE||1HFTE354*C4501741 thru C4504380|
|TRX420FE Camo||1HFTE357*C4500301 thru C4500720|
|TRX420FM||1HFTE350*C4502342 thru C4506061|
|TRX420FM Camo||1HFTE359*C4500317 thru C4500840|
|TRX420FPA||1HFTE372*C4300482 thru C4302461|
|TRX420FPA Camo||1HFTE375*C4300061 thru C4300420|
|TRX420FPE||1HFTE35K*C4501202 thru C4502881|
|TRX420FPE Camo||1HFTE35M*C4500241 thru C4500360|
|TRX420FPM||1HFTE35F*C4501441 thru C4502760|
|TRX420FPM Camo||1HFTE35H*C4500301 thru C4500420|
|TRX420TE||1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4504020|
|TRX420TM||1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4503001|
*Denotes a random alphanumeric identifier: "0-9" or "X"
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 http://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
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.