Yamaha Recalls Big Bear ATVs Due to Crash Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product because the product could cause personal injuries or death due to product liability. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product:

Yamaha All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Hazard:

The front shock absorber can break apart and cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, posing a crash hazard.

Consumer Contact:

Yamaha at (800) 962-7926 anytime or online at www.yamahamotorsports.com and under the Outdoors tab click on Parts and Service, and then click Factory Modification Campaigns and select the Big Bear 400.

Description

The recalled vehicles are four-wheeled 2012 Yamaha Big Bear 400 ATVs.  The model numbers YFM40FBBGR, YFM40FBBL and YFM40FGBGR can be found on the left and right side panels of the unit.  The ATVs are blue, green or camouflage and have black gear racks on the front and back. The words Yamaha Big Bear can be found on both sides of the ATV and the fuel tank. The VIN number is stamped on the frame just behind the front left wheel. The letter “C” in the 10th position of the VIN indicates the ATV was made in 2012.

Incidents/Injuries

Yamaha is aware of 14 incidents of the front shocks braking apart. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact their local Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair.  Yamaha is contacting its registered owners directly.     

Sold at

Yamaha ATV dealers nationwide from August 2012 to May 2013 for between $6,500 and $7,000.

Distributor

Yamaha Motor Corporation USA, of Cypress, Calif.

Manufactured in

United States

Source:  http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/Recall-Alerts/2013/Yamaha-Recalls-Big-Bear-ATVs/

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