Yamaha recalls 2012 Big Bear ATV after shocks break apart

Publish Date: 
Jul 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Yamaha is recalling the 2012 Big Bear because the front shock absorber can break apart and cause the driver to lose control.

The recall (No. 13-741) affects about 100 units.

Yamaha is aware of 14 incidents of the front shocks breaking apart, but no injuries have been reported.

The affected model numbers, YFM40FBBGR, YFM40FBBL and YFM40FGBGR, can be found on the left and right side panels of the Big Bear. The VIN number is stamped on the frame just behind the front left wheel. The letter “C” in the 10th position of the VIN indicates the ATV was made in 2012.

Consumers are being advised to stop using the recalled vehicles and contact a Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair. Yamaha is contacting its registered customers directly.

Consumers are being told they can contact Yamaha at 800-962-7926 anytime. They can also visit www.yamahamotorsports.com and, under the “Outdoors” tab, click on “Parts and Service,” then “Factory Modification Campaigns,” then “Big Bear 400.”

Posted by Arlo Redwine. Photo courtesy CPSC