November 25, 2002

Alert #03-511


PRODUCT: All-Terrain Vehicles - Cannondale Corp., of Bethel, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 1100 All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). These 2002 and 2003 model year ATVs have "Cannondale" and "Cannibal" on both sides of the bodywork. "Cannondale" appears on the rear fenders and bodywork of the vehicle; "Cannibal" appears roughly inboard of the operator's knee location. Cannondale dealers nationwide sold these ATVs from February 2002 through September 2002 for $7,000. They were manufactured in the USA.

PROBLEM: The front shocks can break apart internally while riding. If this happens the shock halves can separate causing the ATV suspension to fail. The operator can lose control of the ATV, possibly resulting in injury or death.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Cannondale Corp. has received 11 reports of these front shocks breaking apart. One consumer has suffered a broken leg.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop riding these ATVs and contact their local Cannondale dealer to schedule an appointment to have the front shocks replaced for free. For more information, contact Cannondale toll free at (877) 357-6686 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m ET Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Saturday, and between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET Sunday.

Owners of these ATVs were directly notified about this recall.

Picture of recalled atv