HONDA RECALLS 200,000 QUADS
American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Torrance, Calif., is recalling approximately 200,000 of its 2004-2005 model FourTrax ATVs.
Honda says the steering rods can separate, causing the driver to lose control. Honda has received 27 reports of steering rod separation but no reports of injuries.
Manufactured in the United States, the ATVs were sold by dealers nationwide from August 2003 through February 2005 for between $3,600 and $8,000.
Consumers are asked to stop using the recalled ATVs immediately. Registered owners of the vehicles will be notified directly by American Honda about the recall. Honda says all recalled vehicles will be repaired free of charge.
Recalled models include the:
2004 Ranchers and 2005 Recon, Rancher, Foreman and Rincon.
KYMCO joins ATVEA
Taiwan’s Kwang Yang Motor Co. (KYMCO) recently joined the All-terrain Vehicle Industry European Association (ATVEA).
Founded in 2003, the ATVEA’s four main objectives are to: 1) promote the correct and responsible use of ATVs in Europe; 2) contribute to the development of an appropriate legal and regulatory framework regarding the design and use of ATVs at European and national levels; 3) contribute to ATV user education and training; and 4) seek to cooperate with other industry stakeholders on an international basis.
Membership is open to all ATV and aftermarket equipment manufacturers with a European representation office, national associations and other interested stakeholders. Membership is valid for those products in the European product range of the manufacturer that comply with the ATVEA statutes.
Other ATVEA members include Arctic Cat, Inc.; BRP, Inc.; Honda Europe Motorcycle; Kawasaki Motors Europe; Polaris Sales, Inc.; Suzuki France; and Yamaha Motor Europe.
For further information on ATVEA membership, visit www.ATVEA.org or contact the ATVEA Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium: +32 2639 6237; firstname.lastname@example.org
Off-Road Hybrids Delivered to U.S. Army
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., Irvine, Calif., has delivered two new hybrid off-road electric vehicles to the U.S. Army. The units were displayed earlier this month at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2005 World Congress in Detroit.
The Aggressor is a high performance, off-road fuel cell vehicle, and the Quantum MP Hybrid is a low-cost, light-duty vehicle.