Manufacturer: American Honda Motor Co. Inc.,
Product: All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
Hazard: A weld on the ATV’s front right and left upper suspension arms can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, posing a crash hazard.
Injuries: Honda is aware of 10 incidents of suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a sprained wrist.
Description: The recalled vehicles are two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATV TRX420 FA, FE, FM, FPA, FPE, FPM, TE and TM models. The ATVs are red, green or camouflage and have the word "Honda" and the Honda wing logo on both sides of the fuel tank. The word “Rancher” is on the front cowl below the handlebars and on the left rear fender. Rancher models in the following Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ranges are being recalled:
1HFTE370*C4300541 thru C4301380
1HFTE374*C4300121 thru C4300240
1HFTE354*C4501741 thru C4504380
1HFTE357*C4500301 thru C4500720
1HFTE350*C4502342 thru C4506061
1HFTE359*C4500317 thru C4500840
1HFTE372*C4300482 thru C4302461
1HFTE375*C4300061 thru C4300420
1HFTE35K*C4501202 thru C4502881
1HFTE35M*C4500241 thru C4500360
1HFTE35F*C4501441 thru C4502760
1HFTE35H*C4500301 thru C4500420
1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4504020
1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4503001
*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 November 2012 for between $5,100 and $7,600.
Units: About 19,500
Consumer Contact: American Honda; toll-free at (866) 784-1870, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at http://powersports.honda.com and click on “Product Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.