American Honda Recalls ATVs due to Crash Hazard

A weld on the recalled two-wheel drive 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATV models front right upper suspension arm can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

February 21, 2012
Alert #12-722
 

Note: This recall has been expanded.

American Honda Recalls ATVs due to Crash Hazard

 

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 sprained wrist.

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 recalled:

ModelVIN Ranges
TRX420TE 1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4502580
TRX420TM 1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4501681
*Denotes a random alphanumeric identifier: "0-9" or "X"

 

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.

Picture of recalled Honda FourTrax Rancher TRX420TE ATV

                                                Honda FourTrax Rancher TRX420TE

 

Picture of recalled Honda FourTrax Rancher TRX420TM ATV

                                                     Honda FourTrax Rancher TRX420TM

 

Diagramas showing locations of model number and VIN