Arctic Cat Recalls Nearly 20,000 Snowmobiles

Posted on January 31, 2012

It’s not just automobiles that get recalled.  As you’ll soon see, recalls can affect any number of transportation vehicles.

Arctic Cat Inc. of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has announced a recall of 19,000 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles.  The recall affects the 2012 F, XF, and M model snowmobiles.  Consumers can check each side of the hood for the model name.

The problem concerns the lower steering tie-rod attachment, which can loosen.  This could result in loss of steering control, and as such, it poses a crash hazard.  Interestingly, the same models were recalled in December 2011 due to the possibility of failure in the headlamp fuse, which could result in limited visibility.

Four incidents have been reported, including one in which steering control was completely lost.  However, no injuries have occurred in these reported incidents.

The units were sold at Arctic Cat dealerships across the country between May and December of 2011.  They were priced between $10,500 and $14,500.  Consumers should cease use immediately and contact a dealer for free repairs.

As a car accident attorney in Ventura, I’ve seen my share of vehicle recalls.  Anything with a motor has its own risks, and recalls help to curtail those risks that are deemed inordinately dangerous.  Take it from me, a Ventura personal injury lawyer:  everyone should keep up to date on recall information.

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