Arctic Cat Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Fuel Leak, Fire Risk
Several thousand Arctic Cat snowmobiles have been recalled, following reports that suggest they may leak fuel from the assembly line, posing a fire hazard to riders.
The Arctic Cat recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on August 14, impacting all XF 7000 and XR 7000 snowmobiles from the model years 2014 and 2015.
The leaks from the fuel line assembly pose a serious risk of snowmobile fires, which could cause serious injuries for riders or bystanders.
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The recalled snowmobiles were sold in a variety of colors, including as green, black, orange, and white combinations, with vehicle identification numbers (VIN) ranging from 100920 through 100993 for the XF 7000 models and 100792 through 100919 for the ZR 7000 models. The VIN number is located on a sticker attached to the chassis near the rider’s right foot rest.
The snowmobiles were manufactured in the United States under Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minnesota. They were sold exclusively at Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from June 2013 through August 2014 for between $12,000 and $14,500.
This is the latest in a string of Arctic cat recalls involving potential fuel leaks. The manufacturer also recalled 2,300 Arctic Cat Prowlers, off-highway vehicles, in March after experiencing fuel leaks that could lead to burn injuries and fires. The off-road vehicles were found to have loose fuel fittings where they connect to the throttle body, allowing fuel to steadily leak at the opening.
Arctic Cat also recalled nearly 4,000 snowmobiles in December 2012, after receiving three reports from a dealership that the fuel tanks leaked after setting them up.
The CPSC recommends customers stop using the recalled Arctic Cat snowmobiles immediately and contact the manufacturer at 800-279-6851 or visit them online at www.arcticcat.com for information on how to schedule a free repair.
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