FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2004
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
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 www.arctic-cat.com - please have your snowmobile model name and number with you when you call.
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.
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