Minnesota-based Polaris Industries and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of approximately 18,500 Predator 500 on which faulty front brake lines may crack and leak brake fluid, causing the brakes to not work properly.
The recall includes Predator ATVs from model years 2003 and 2004 sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from November 2002 through February 2004 for $6,000 to $6,500 (model numbers A03GJ50AA, A03GJ50AB, A03GJ50AS, A03GJ50CA, A04GJ50AA, A04GJ50AB, A04GJ50AC, and A04GJ50AD).
The OEM says it has received reports of cracked and leaking front brake lines on at least 127 units, with no reported injuries.
Contacted directly, consumers were asked to visit a local dealer for inspection and replacement. For more information, call Polaris at 800/765-2747 between 8 a.m. and 12 midnight (ET).
In separate recall news, Bombardier Recreational Products of Quebec, Canada, and Deere & Co. of Moline, Ill., announced the recall of approximately 23,000 units.
The recalled quads are the 2003, 2004, and 2005 year models "Traxter," "Traxter MAX," and "Quest" Bombardier ATVs, and the 2005 year models "Buck" and "Trail Buck" John Deere ATVs.
The OEMs, acting along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, said the front brake hose can be pulled out of its retaining brackets on either side of the ATV by foreign objects, which could cause the brake hose to wear by rubbing on the inner wheel or shock absorber spring seat, ultimately causing a brake fluid leak resulting in a complete loss of front braking capacity. No incidents or injuries have been reported.
The products were sold at Bombardier dealers nationwide from October 2002 through September 2004 for $6,199 to $8,399, and through John Deere dealers from March 2004 through September 2004 for $6,499 to $7,799.
Consumers are asked to call a BRP or John Deere dealer to make an appointment to repair the ATV free of charge. To learn more, call BRP 888/864-2002 or John Deere 800/537-8233.
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