Honda expands 2012 FourTrax weld-related recall to nearly 20,000 units

Publish Date: 
Dec 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Honda is expanding its recall of FourTrax ATVs due to a crash hazard. The recall affects about 19,500 units, including about 2,900 that were recalled in February for the same reason.

A weld on the ATVs’ front right and left upper suspension arms can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Honda is aware of 10 incidents of suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a sprained wrist.

The recalled vehicles are two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATV TRX420 FA, FE, FM, FPA, FPE, FPM, TE and TM models. Rancher models in the following VIN ranges are being recalled (“*” denotes a random alphanumeric identifier, zero to 9 or “X”):

Model VIN Ranges
TRX420FA 1HFTE370*C4300541 thru C4301380
TRX420FA Camo 1HFTE374*C4300121 thru C4300240
TRX420FE 1HFTE354*C4501741 thru C4504380
TRX420FE Camo 1HFTE357*C4500301 thru C4500720
TRX420FM 1HFTE350*C4502342 thru C4506061
TRX420FM Camo 1HFTE359*C4500317 thru C4500840
TRX420FPA 1HFTE372*C4300482 thru C4302461
TRX420FPA Camo 1HFTE375*C4300061 thru C4300420
TRX420FPE 1HFTE35K*C4501202 thru C4502881
TRX420FPE Camo 1HFTE35M*C4500241 thru C4500360
TRX420FPM 1HFTE35F*C4501441 thru C4502760
TRX420FPM Camo 1HFTE35H*C4500301 thru C4500420
TRX420TE 1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4504020
TRX420TM 1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4503001

The model number is visible on the right front frame down pipe above the driver’s right-hand side front wheel. The VIN is located on the top center front of the frame and is visible looking down between the bars of the gear rack and through the middle opening of the front fairing.

Consumers reportedly are instructed to immediately stop using these ATVs and contact their Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. American Honda is contacting its customers directly.

Posted by Arlo Redwine