The following product safety recall was voluntarily
conducted 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: All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
Units: About 2,900
Distributor: American Honda Motor Company, of Torrance, Calif.
Hazard: A weld on the ATV's front right upper
suspension arm can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle,
posing a crash hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Honda is aware of four incidents of
suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a
Description: The recalled vehicles are two-wheel drive
2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATV models TRX420TE and TRX420TM. The ATVs are red
or green and have the word "Honda" on both sides of the fuel tank and
the word "Rancher" on the front cowl below the handlebars and on the
left rear fender. Rancher models in the following VIN ranges are being
1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4502580
1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4501681
*Denotes a random alphanumeric identifier: "0-9"
The model number is visible on the right front frame down
pipe above the driver's right-hand side front wheel. The VIN is located on the
top center front of the frame and is visible looking down between the bars of
the gear rack and through the middle opening of the front fairing.
Sold at: Honda ATV dealers nationwide from September
2011 to January 2012 for between $5,100 and $5,300.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these
ATVs and contact their Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact
American Honda between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday toll-free
at (866) 784-1870 or visit the American Honda's website at http://powersports.honda.com.
American Honda is contacting its customers directly.