BRP Recalls Snowmobiles and Youth ATV

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Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc. (BRP) recently posted two vehicle recalls, one for its Ski-Doo snowmobiles and one for its 90cc Can-Am youth ATV.

BRP says about 18,000 of its 2008 and 2009 model year Ski-Doo snowmobiles are being recalled for cracks that can develop in the welded joints of the drive axle assembly of the snowmobile and can result in 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 a broken femur and reports of minor injuries such as bruises.

Models included in the recall are the:

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

Manufactured in Canada, the sleds were sold by Ski-Doo dealers nationwide from June 2007 through September 2008 for between $7,000 and $12,500.

Consumers with recalled snowmobiles are being sent direct notice from BRP. Consumers should immediately stop using the vehicles and contact their Ski-Doo dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair.

DS 90 X Recall
The second recent BRP recall involves about 1,200 of its model year 2008 and 2009 Can-Am DS 90 X ATVs.

BRP says if the rider is ejected and the cord strap is pulled, the shut-off switch can fail to disable the engine. The ATV can operate uncontrolled, until the engine returns to idle, and cause a collision with bystanders, vehicles or other objects. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Manufactured in Vietnam by Vietnam Precision Industrial Co., the units were sold at authorized Can-Am dealers nationwide from August 2007 through September 2008 for about $3,400.

Consumers are being sent a direct notice from BRP. Parents should stop children from using these vehicles immediately and contact any Can-Am dealer to schedule a free repair.