September 16, 2004

Alert #04-581


The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

Units: 5,193

Manufacturer: Arctic Cat Inc. of Thief River Falls, Minn.

Hazard: The red plastic skis used on certain 2004 Firecat and Sabercat snowmobiles could crack or break as a result of off-season exposure to ultraviolet sunlight. Ski failure could lead to loss of control that could result in severe injury or death.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: All 2004 Arctic Cat Firecat and Sabercat snowmobiles with red plastic skis are included in this recall. The recalled red plastic skis are part number 1703-500. The model name of the snowmobile is located on either side of the hood. Both the model name and number are in the operator's manual and registration materials.

Sold at: Arctic Cat dealerships worldwide from June 2003 through September 2004 for between $5,500 and $8,500.

Manufactured In: The red plastic skis were made in Madison, South Dakota.

Remedy: Free repair at the local Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer. Registered owners have been notified about this recall by mail.

Consumer Contact: Stop using the recalled snowmobiles immediately. Call Arctic Cat toll-free at (800) 279-2281 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or go to the firm's Web site at - please have your snowmobile model name and number with you when you call.

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