December 14, 2005
Alert #06-516



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

Product: Honda Model Year 2005 and 2006 TRX400EX ATVs

Units: About 24,000

Manufacturer: American Honda Motor Corp. Inc., of Torrance, Calif.

Hazard: A safety defect could exist in the transmission that could allow the rider to downshift from 1st gear into reverse without operating the reverse assist (lockout) lever. The reverse lockout spring may not have been properly installed. Unintended engagement of reverse gear while moving forward could lock the rear wheels and cause the rider to lose control.

Incidents/Injuries: American Honda Motor Corp. has received four warranty claims about this problem; three indicating the spring was out of position. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves Honda 2005 and 2006 model year TRX400EX ATVs. They are adult-sized ATVs designed for use by riders age 16 and older. The 2005 model year ATVs are available in red and yellow. The 2006 model year ATVs are available in red or black. The TRX400EX model name is on the fuel tank and Honda is in white letters on the seat.

Manufactured in: United States

Sold by: Honda dealers nationwide from September 2004 through November 2005 for around $5,900.

What to Do: Consumers should stop using these recalled ATVs until the repair has been completed. Please call any Honda ATV dealer to make an appointment to have your ATV repaired. The dealer will install a kit to prevent the shift problem. Consumers with the recalled ATVs have been sent direct notice via U.S. mail.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can call Honda toll-free at (866) 784-1870 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at


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