American Honda Motor Co. is expanding a recall of its FourTrax All-Terrain Vehicles to include another 19,500 units. Approximately 2,900 were recalled in February 2012.
A weld on the ATV's front right and left upper suspension arms can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, posing a crash hazard.
The recalled vehicles are two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATV TRX420 FA, FE, FM, FPA, FPE, FPM, TE and TM models. The ATVs are red, green or camouflage and have the word 'Honda' and the Honda wing logo on both sides of the fuel tank.
The word 'Rancher' is on the front cowl below the handlebars and on the left rear fender. Rancher models in the following Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ranges are being recalled:
- Model TRX420FA, VIN ranges 1HFTE370*C4300541 thru C4301380
- Model TRX420FA Camo, VIN ranges 1HFTE374*C4300121 thru C4300240
- Model TRX420FE, VIN ranges 1HFTE354*C4501741 thru C4504380
- Model TRX420FE Camo, VIN ranges 1HFTE357*C4500301 thru C4500720
- Model TRX420FM, VIN ranges 1HFTE350*C4502342 thru C4506061
- Model TRX420FM Camo, VIN ranges 1HFTE359*C4500317 thru C4500840
- Model TRX420FPA, VIN ranges 1HFTE372*C4300482 thru C4302461
- Model TRX420FPA Camo, VIN ranges 1HFTE375*C4300061 thru C4300420
- Model TRX420FPE, VIN ranges 1HFTE35K*C4501202 thru C4502881
- Model TRX420FPE Camo, VIN ranges 1HFTE35M*C4500241 thru C4500360
- Model TRX420FPM, VIN ranges 1HFTE35F*C4501441 thru C4502760
- Model TRX420FPM Camo, VIN ranges 1HFTE35H*C4500301 thru C4500420
- Model TRX420TE, VIN ranges 1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4504020
- Model TRX420TM, VIN range1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4503001
*Denotes a random alphanumeric identifier: '0-9' or 'X'
The model number is visible on the right front frame down pipe above the driver's right-hand side front wheel. The VIN is located on the top center front of the frame and is visible looking down between the bars of the gear rack and through the middle opening of the front fairing.
The ATVs included in this recall were sold at Honda ATV dealers nationwide from September 2011 through November 2012.
Consumers should immediately stop using these ATVs and contact their Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. American Honda is contacting its customers directly.
For additional information, call American Honda toll-free at 866-784-1870.