American Honda Recalls Foreman ATVs Due to Crash Hazard (Recall Alert)

The steering shaft on the recalled 2012 and 2013 Honda FourTrax ATV models can break unexpectedly and cause the rider to lose steering control.

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: October 29, 2013
Recall number: 14-701
  • Honda FourTrax Foreman (red)

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    Honda FourTrax Foreman (red)

  • Honda FourTrax Foreman (green)

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    Honda FourTrax Foreman (green)

  • Honda FourTrax Foreman (camouflage)

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    Honda FourTrax Foreman (camouflage)

Recall Summary

Name of product:

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs)


The ATV’s steering shaft can break unexpectedly and cause the rider to lose steering control and crash. This poses a risk of injury or death to riders.

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 and click on Support for product recall information.

Report an Incident Involving this Product

Recall Details




This recall involves four-wheel drive 2012 and 2013 Honda FourTrax TRX500 Foreman ATV models FE and FM. The ATVs are red, green or camouflage and have “Honda” on both sides of the fuel tank and “Foreman” on the front cowl below the handlebars and on the left rear fender. The model number is on the left front frame down pipe above the driver’s left-hand side front wheel. The following VIN ranges are included in the recall.



VIN Ranges


2012 TRX500FE

1HFTE387*C4000006 thru 1HFTE387*C4005765


2012 TRX500FE Camo

1HFTE385*C4000002 thru 1HFTE385*C4001201


2012 TRX500FM

1HFTE380*C4000004 thru 1HFTE380*C4007923


2012 TRX500FM Camo

1HFTE381*C4000003 thru 1HFTE381*C4000902


2013 TRX500FE

1HFTE387*D4100001 thru 1HFTE387*D4101860


2013 TRX500FE Camo

1HFTE385*D4100001 thru 1HFTE385*D4100600


2013 TRX500FM

1HFTE380*D4100001 thru 1HFTE380*D4102400


2013 TRX500FM Camo

1HFTE381*D4100001 thru 1HFTE381*D4100480



Camo means the body panels have a camouflage coloring

*Denotes a random alphanumeric identifier: "0-9" or "X" 


Honda has received 18 reports of the ATV’s steering shaft breaking, including two in which the riders were involved in a crash. No injuries have been reported.


Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact a Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. American Honda is contacting its customers directly.

Sold at

Honda ATV dealers nationwide from May 2011 through September 2013 for between $6,900 and $7,900.


American Honda Motor Company, of Torrance, Calif.

Manufactured in

United States

  • Honda FourTrax Foreman (red)

  • Honda FourTrax Foreman (green)

  • Honda FourTrax Foreman (camouflage)