By: Russell Maas | Published: February 8th, 2013
About 10,200 Ski-Doo snowmobiles have been recalled due to problems with the fuel pump fitting, which may come in contact with the oil tank and cause a fuel leak or fire.
The Ski-Doo Snowmobiles recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on February 7, after the manufacturer received at least three reports of fires starting because the fuel pump inlet fitting made contact with the oil tank, causing it to break and leak fuel. To date, no injuries have been reported in connection with fires with the snowmobiles.
The recall includes various 2013 Ski-Doo snowmobile models with model names Freeride, Grand Touring, DSX, MXZ, Renegade, Skandic, and Summit. For a full list of recalled models and model numbers consumers may visit http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/BRP-Recalls-Ski-Doo-Snowmobiles/.
The recalled Ski-Doo snowmobiles were manufactured in Canada by Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., of Valcourt, Canada and sold at Ski-Doo dealers nationwide from March 2012 through January 2013 for between $8,000 and $12,000.
Similar problems led to an Arctic Cat snowmobile recall in December, which affected 3,900 vehicles. That recall was issued following reports of leaking fuel tanks, with the manufacturer, Arctic Cat Inc., indicating that the faulty fuel tanks sustained damage during the manufacturing process.
In January 2012, Arctic Cat Inc. recalled another 19,000 snowmobiles due to steering tie rods becoming dislodged causing at least four reports of steering loss including one report resulting in complete loss of control, posing a crash hazard to the driver.
Consumers with recalled Ski-Doo snowmobiles should immediately stop using the products and contact a BRP dealer at (888) 638-5397 to schedule a free repair. Consumers with questions can also visit the company’s website at www.ski-doo.com. BRP has begun notifying registered consumers directly about the recall and necessary repair.