BRP U.S. Inc. has recalled about 18,000 Ski-Doo snowmobiles.
The company says cracks can develop in the welded joints of the drive axle assembly of the snowmobile and lead to complete breakage. If this happens the track of the vehicle can unexpectedly lock, causing riders to be ejected off the vehicle or lose control and collide with bystanders, a fixed object or other vehicles. This poses a risk of serious injury or death.
BRP has received 20 reports of locked tracks, including one report of an incident that resulted in broken femur and reports of minor injuries such as bruises.
The recall covers Ski-Doo Model Year 2008 and 2009 snowmobiles. Model numbers are printed on the side panels of the snowmobiles.
Models included in the recall are:
Model Year 2008
MXZ X 800R PowerTEK, MXZ X 600HO SDI, MXZ Adrenaline 800R PowerTEK, MXZ Adrenaline 600HO SDI¸ MXZ TNT 500SS, MXZ Trails 500SS, GSX Limited Touring 600HO SDI, GSX Limited 800R PowerTEK, GSX Limited 600HO SDI, GSX Sport 500SS, MXZ Renegade X 800R PowerTEK, MXZ Renegade X 600HO SDI, MXZ Renegade 800R PowerTEK, MXZ Renegade 600HO SDI, Summit X 800R Power TEK, Summit Everest 800R PowerTEK, MXZ X 600RS.
Model Year 2009:
MXZ TNT 600HO E-TEC.
The recalled snowmobiles were made in Canada and sold by Ski-Doo dealers nationwide from June 2007 through September 2008 for between $7,000 and $12,500.
Consumers have been advised to immediately stop using the vehicles and contact their local Ski-Doo dealers to schedule an appointment for a free repair. BRP is sending consumers with recalled snowmobiles direct notices.