Yamaha recalls ATVs due to crash hazard

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In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Yamaha is recalling the non-power-steering versions of the Grizzly 550 and 700 (see table at right). Consumers should stop using the units unless otherwise instructed, the government says. About 20,000 units are affected.

According to the CPSC, the steering column support assembly can crack and cause the rider to lose steering control.

Yamaha has received 19 reports of incidents involving the recalled ATVs. No injuries have been reported.

The units, made in Japan, were sold by dealers nationwide from October 2007 through March 2010 for between $7,000 and $9,500.

The government is instructing owners to contact a Yamaha dealer for a free repair. Registered owners were sent direct mail notification of the recall.

Posted by Arlo Redwine