The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, made by Arctic Cat Inc. of Thief River Falls, Minn. The four-wheeled off-road vehicles have faulty steering tie-rods which can bend and cause a rider to lose control.
The recall affects all 2011 model year Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs and some from the 2012 model year. The 2012 XC 450 ATVs have Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) where the last six digits fall between 6V0101 through 6V0178 and 700101 through 700230. (The VIN is located on the lower front frame tube, below the ATV's front bumper.)
The faulty XC 450 ATVs have either a black and orange or a black and lime green color scheme. Both versions feature "Arctic Cat" on both sides of the ATV's front cowl and "450 XC" printed in the center. They ATVs were sold at Arctic Cat dealerships nationwide since February for about $6,500 to $6,900.
Arctic Cat has received three reports of tie-rods bending, but riders were unhurt in each incident.
The CPSC warns consumers should immediately stop using these recalled ATVs and contact their local Arctic Cat dealership to arrange for a free repair.
For more information, consumers can call Arctic Cat's toll-free number (800-279-6851) or visit the company's website: www.ArcticCat.com.