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Bombardier DS650 ATVs

Bombardier DS650 ATVs...

March 29, 2005
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. is recalling model year 2004 and 2005 DS650 ATVs because of a problem with the axle.

The rear axle bearings may have not been sufficiently greased. This may cause a breaking of the bearing which could make the ATV unstable. The operator could lose control of the vehicle which could cause injury to the operator.

Bombardier has received one report of the rear axle bearing breaking leading to a loss of control. No injuries have been reported.

Model year 2004 and 2005 Bombardier DS650 ATVs under model numbers 0003A5A00, 0003A5B00, 0003B5A00, 0003B5B00, 000799700, 000799500, 000771900, and 000771700 are part of this recall. The ATV model number identification decal is located on the right side of the frame, in front of the engine.

Bombardier dealers sold these ATVs nationwide from March 2004 through March 2005 for between $5,999 and $6,999.

Contact your Bombardier dealer to schedule an appointment to grease the rear axle bearings. Bombardier has notified consumers directly about this recall.

Consumer Contact: Call Bombardier at (888) 864-2002 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET everyday.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).



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Arctic Cat ATVs

The fuel tank used on some all-terrain vehicles could develop a fuel leak. If this occurs, a fire hazard with the possibility of injury and property damage...

March 25, 2005
Arctic Cat FIS and TBX Model ATVs are being recalled. The fuel tank used on some all-terrain vehicles could develop a fuel leak. If this occurs, a fire hazard with the possibility of injury and property damage could occur.

The recall includes 2005 Arctic Cat 500 and 650 FIS, and 400 and 500 TBX model ATVs. The FIS models affected by this recall have the vehicle identification number (VIN) ranges of 4UF05ATV15T226237 through 4UF05ATV15T242874, and 4UF05ATV55T246510 through 4UF05ATV55T248189. The TBX models have VIN ranges of 4UF05ATV15T221345 through 4UF05ATV15T223967, and 4UF05ATVX5T251024 through 4UF05ATV55T251397. The VIN is located on the left rear frame tube of the vehicle near the upper shock mount.

AFFECTED MODELS:

2005 500 4x4 Auto LE 2005 500 4X4 Auto
2005 500 4X4 Manual 2005 650 V2 4X4 Auto
2005 650 V2 4X4 Auto LE 2005 400 4x4 Auto TBX
2005 500 4X4 Auto TBX

The recalled models were sold by Arctic Cat dealerships nationwide from September 2004 through March 2005 for between $5,500 and $7,500.

Consumers should stop using these ATVs immediately. Registered owners have been notified about this recall by mail. Consumers with a recalled ATV should contact their local Arctic Cat ATV dealer to schedule the free repair. If consumers are unsure if their ATV is affected, they should contact Arctic Cat. Consumers should have the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the ATV available when they call.

Company Contact: Call the firm toll-free at (800) 279-6851 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or go to the firms Website at www.arctic-cat.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).



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2001 Seat Belt Recall Nags Ford

Ford recalled 1.4 million vehicles in 2001 because of suspected seat belt defect in front seat buckles. Seat belt buckles were replaced in only a small per...

March 9, 2005
Federal safety officials are investigating persistent complaints that seat belts on some 2001 Ford Motor Co. vehicles still do not stay latched. Ford recalled 1.4 million vehicles in 2001 because of the suspected seat belt defect in front seat buckles. Seat belt buckles were replaced in only a small percentage of the vehicles.

Safety officials say another recall is possible.

Ford public relations officials say the company is cooperating with the investigation. They point out that the company does not know if the complaints involve only vehicles that passed the inspection test or vehicles that received new buckles.

Vehicles involved in the 2001 recall were the 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis; Lincoln Town Car and Navigator; Ford Crown Victoria, Windstar, Ranger, F-150 through F-550, Expedition and Excursion.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ford have received from than 540 complaints. The reports include nine injuries and one death.

NHTSA is also investigating the 2004 Toyota Sienna Minivan because of eight consumer complaints that second-row seat belts jam in webbing guides. A jammed seat belt will not retract and is considered to be a safety hazard in an accident.

Other defect investigations underway at NHTSA include the 2003-2004 Ford Super Duty F-Series Pickups, Excursion, All with 6.0-Liter Diesel.

The engine stalls without warning. There have been 3,200 consumer complaints, including 14 crashes with two injuries. There are 13,000 possibly related warranty claims out 384,000 vehicles sold.

The 2004 Lexus RX 330 received ten complaints about a failure of the brake power assist. The vehicle population is 146,000. Fifty people complained about taillight failure in the 2000 to 2002 Saturn L Series. The vehicle population is 282,000.



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