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Arctic Cat ROVs with winches recalled

The winch solenoid located under the operator seat can overheat

Photo source: CPSC
Arctic Cat of Thief River Falls, Minn., is recalling about 3,400 Arctic Cat ROVs with winches and winch accessory kits sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The winch solenoid located under the operator seat can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

The firm has received 49 reports of winch solenoid failure, with five resulting in fires. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves all 2017 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail SE (Special Edition) and Wildcat Sport SE ROVs with winch solenoids installed as original equipment and winch accessory kits sold separately for use on 2014 through 2017Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport and Wildcat Trail ROVs.

The ROVs have four wheels, side-by-side seating for two people, and have a black chassis. “Wildcat Trail” or “Wildcat Sport” is printed on each side of the vehicle. In addition, Special Edition ROVs have “SE” printed on each side.

The ROVs, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from February 2017, through August 2017, for about $17,000 for the ROVs with the winch accessory kits installed.

The winch accessory kits were also sold separately from December 2013, through August 2017, for between $200 and $600.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ROVs and contact Arctic Cat to schedule a free repair. Arctic Cat is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Consumers may contact Arctic Cat at 800-279-6851 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday or online at and click on Customer Care and then click on Product Recall for more information. 

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