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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Honda Recall Hotline: (866) 784-1870
November 13, 2000
Release # 01-027
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American Honda Motor Co., Inc., of Torrance Calif, is voluntarily recalling approximately 126,000 All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). Two models of Honda ATVs are being recalled for separate problems, both of which could result in riders losing control of the ATVs, crashing and suffering severe injuries or death.
A mounting bracket on the front suspension of the Honda Rancher TRX350 models could be welded improperly to the frame. If this mounting bracket breaks, the vehicle could lose steering control and crash. Honda has received 98 reports of improper welds. No injuries or incidents have been reported.
These ATVs are red, orange or olive green. "Honda Rancher" is written on the sides of the ATV's fuel tank. The following chart lists the Honda TRX350 models, years and Vehicle Identification Number ranges. The VIN can be found on a bracket behind the front bumper.
|2000 TRX350TM Rancher||478TE240*YA000001 to 478TE240*YA006853|
|2001 TRX350TM Rancher||478TE240*1A100001 to 478TE240*1A106180|
|2000 TRX350TE Rancher ES||478TE244*YA000001 to 478TE244*YA014053|
|2001 TRX350TE Rancher ES||478TE244*1A100001 to 478TE244*1A106660|
|2000 TRX350FM Rancher 4 x 4||478TE240*YA000001 to 478TE250*YA009132|
|2001 TRX350FM Rancher 4 x 4||478TE240*1A100001 to 478TE250*1A107740|
|2000 TRX350FE Rancher 4 x 4 ES||478TE244*YA000001 to 478TE254*YA021554|
|2001 TRX350FE Rancher 4 x 4 ES||478TE244*1A100001 to 478TE254*1A110680|
Honda has received 53 reports of the brake pads assembled incorrectly on these ATVs, resulting in two consumers suffering injuries, including a sprained wrist and bruising.
These ATVs are red or yellow, and their model name, "400EX" appears on both sides of the fuel tank. The following chart lists the Honda TRX400EX model ATVs, years and Vehicle Identification Numbers ranges. The VIN can be found on the front-left-side frame down tube.
|2000 TRX400EX||478TE230*Y4000001 to 478TE230*Y4028370|
|2000 TRX400EX||478TE232*Y4000001 to 478TE232*Y4001140|
|2001 TRX400EX||478TE230*14100001 to 478TE230*14103720|
|2001 TRX400EX||478TE230*14100001 to 478TE232*14100600|
Honda ATV dealers nationwide sold both models of these ATVs from July 1999 through September 2000 for between $4,000 and $6,000.
Consumers should stop using these ATVs immediately, and call their local Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free inspection, and repair if needed. To locate their local dealer or for more information, consumers should call American Honda at (866) 784-1870 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or access the company's web site at http://www.hondamotorcycle.com/press/index.html.
Registered owners of the vehicles have been notified directly by American Honda about the recall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help 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 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.
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