Honda Recalls ATVs

Brett Ratner
by Brett Ratner
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is recalling approximately 126,000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) due to manufacturing problems.

ATV owners have discovered faults with the Honda Rancher TRX350 and the Honda TRX400EX which could result in serious injury or death.

"Consumers should stop using these ATVs immediately and call their local Honda dealer to schedule a free inspection, and repair if needed," Honda spokesperson Pete TerHorst said.

TerHorst said a mounting bracket on the front suspension of the Rancher TRX350 models may be welded improperly to the frame. The possible breaking of the mount could result in the driver losing steering control and crashing. So far, Honda has received 98 reports of improper welds. No injuries or incidents have been reported.

The following chart lists the Honda TRX350 models, years and Vehicle Identification Number ranges:

2000 TRX350TM Rancher 478TE240*YA000001 to 478TE240*YA0068532001 TRX350TM Rancher 478TE240*1A100001 to 478TE240*1A1061802000 TRX350TE Rancher ES 478TE244*YA000001 to 478TE244*YA0140532001 TRX350TE Rancher ES 478TE244*1A100001 to 478TE244*1A1066602000 TRX350FM Rancher 4 x 4 478TE240*YA000001 to 478TE250*YA0091322001 TRX350FM Rancher 4 x 4 478TE240*1A100001 to 478TE250*1A1077402000 TRX350FE Rancher 4 x 4 ES 478TE244*YA000001 to 478TE254*YA0215542001 TRX350FE Rancher 4 x 4 ES 478TE244*1A100001 to 478TE254*1A110680 The Honda TRX400EX models have brake pads that may have been improperly assembled and could result in brake failure leading to possible injury and death. Of the 53 consumers experiencing improper brake pad assembly, two have suffered injuries, including a sprained wrist and bruising.

The following chart lists the Honda TRX400EX model ATVs, years and Vehicle Identification Numbers ranges:

2000 TRX400EX 478TE230*Y4000001 to 478TE230*Y40283702000 TRX400EX 478TE232*Y4000001 to 478TE232*Y40011402001 TRX400EX 478TE230*14100001 to 478TE230*141037202001 TRX400EX 478TE230*14100001 to 478TE232*14100600 If you own any of the models listed above, call American Honda at (888) 289-8226 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or access the company's web site at
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