Arctic Cat Recalls ATVs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced a recall of about 1,384 <"">Arctic Cat All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) over a crash hazard.

The Arctic Cat ATVs were manufactured in Taiwan; distributed by Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; and sold at Arctic Cat dealerships, nationwide, since February 2011 for between $6,500 and $6,900, the CPSC stated.

The recalled Arctic Cat ATVs’ steering tie-rod can bend, causing loss of control, which poses a crash hazard. To date, Arctic Cat has received three reports of bent tie-rods. No reports of injuries have been received.

This recall includes all 2011 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs and some 2012 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs. Recalled 2012 model year ATVs can be identified by the last six numerals of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the following ranges: 6V0101 through 6V0178 and 700101 through 700230. The VIN is located on the lower front frame tube below the front bumper.

The recalled ATVs are black and orange or black and lime green and display the words “Arctic Cat” on each side of the cowl ahead of the handlebars. The model number “450 XC” can be found on the front, center of the cowl.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled Arctic Cat ATVs and contact their local Arctic Cat ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners have been directly notified about this recall by mail.

Arctic Cat can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.279.6851 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Time (CT), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at

Earlier this year, we wrote that about 16,500 Arctic Cat snowmobiles were recalled due to a loss of control hazard. In that case, the front lower suspension arm could crack during use, which could lead to loss of control, posing a risk of severe injury or death. At the time of the recall, Arctic Cat received 13 reports of suspension arms cracking.

That recall involved all 2010 Arctic Cat Z1, TZ1, F, Bearcat, M, and CF model snowmobiles. All variations of color and model features of these models were included in that recall.

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