June 24, 2003


Release # 03-543

PRODUCT: Snowmobiles - Bombardier Motor Corporation of America of Grant, Fla. is voluntarily recalling 548 Ski-Doo® snowmobiles, model year 2003, Legend™ and Grand Touring™ SDI and V-1000 models. The recalled snowmobiles are 2-tone blue or all black. The name of the engine is written on the hood: Rotax 4-TEC V-1000 or Rotax 2-TEC 800 SDI. Bombardier dealers sold these snowmobiles in the United States from December 2002 through January 2003 for between $8399 USD and $9849 USD.

PROBLEM: The Start/RER switch for the SDI models and the Start switch for the V-1000 models may be defective, creating two potential problems

Condition A

If the operator leaves the engine cut out switch in the "ON" position and the tether cut out switch cap on the switch post, the vehicle may start by itself (SDI models and V-1000 models).

Condition B

While vehicle is idling, the engine may stop and then restart in the reverse stationary mode (SDI models only).

Both of these conditions may be hazardous to the driver as well as to persons nearby.


WHAT TO DO: Consumers should contact their Bombardier dealer to schedule an appointment. The dealer will replace the Start/RER switch (SDI models) or Start switch (V-1000 models). For more information, contact Bombardier's Consumer Assistance Centre at (888) 638 -5397 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Bombardier Motor Corporation of America has notified consumers directly about this recall.

picture of recalled snowmobile