American Honda Motor Corp. Inc., Torrance, Calif., is recalling approximately 24,000 of its 2005 and 2006 TRX400EX ATVs.
Honda says a safety defect could exist in the transmission that could allow the rider to downshift from 1st gear into reverse without operating the reverse assist (lockout) lever. The reverse lockout spring may not have been properly installed. Unintended engagement of reverse gear while moving forward could lock the rear wheels and cause the rider to lose control.
American Honda Motor Corp. has received four warranty claims about this problem; three indicating the spring was out of position. No incidents or injuries have been reported.
Manufactured in the United States, the units were sold nationwide from September 2004 through November 2005 for around $5,900.
Honda says consumers with the recalled ATVs have been sent direct notice via U.S. mail. Consumers are asked to stop using the units, and to make an appointment to have a dealer install a kit to prevent the shift problem.
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