December 31, 2001

Alert #02-516


PRODUCT: ATVs - American Suzuki Motor Corporation of Brea, Calif., is voluntarily recalling approximately 4,700 2002 model year All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). The Suzuki "Eiger" LT-A400K2 and LT-A400FK2 (two and four-wheel drive) ATVs have automatic transmissions. These models carry the identifications "Suzuki" and "Eiger" on both sides of the bodywork, roughly inboard of the operator's knee location. The ATVs are available in both red and green. Suzuki dealers nationwide sold these ATVs from September through mid-October 2001 for between $4,400 and $5,200.

PROBLEM: Suzuki Motor Corporation has determined that the Eiger automatic ATVs were produced with an internal manufacturing flaw. This flaw could cause the crankshaft to break during operation. A broken crankshaft will interrupt power transfer from the engine to the transmission and the drive wheels, leaving the driver stranded away from his or her base of operation.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES:There have been four incidents in which the crankshaft broke during operation. No accidents or injuries have been reported.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should contact their local Suzuki dealer to schedule an appointment for their ATV to be inspected and repaired. Suzuki will replace all Eiger ATVs for a new one if the unit is brought in by January 31, 2002. After that date, they will be offering a free inspection and repair. For more information, contact Suzuki at (714) 572-1490 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. American Suzuki Motor Corporation will notify consumers directly about this recall.

Picture of Recalled ATV