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Recall: Honda All-terrain Vehicles (ATVs)


On 2013-10-29, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Honda All-terrain Vehicles (ATVs) due to a potential crash hazard. This product sold new beginning in May 2011 for about $6900 to $7900.

About 20,000 units are involved in this American Honda Motor Company atv recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 2nd recall of products in the All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) category in 2013. Since 2005, there have been approximately 70 similar recalls, involving about 1 million product units.

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Honda All-terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
Image of Recalled Honda FourTrax Foreman (red) 032238
Image of Recalled Honda FourTrax Foreman (green) 076201
Image of Recalled Honda FourTrax Foreman (camouflage) 134151
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Company Contact Information:

Phone: (866) 784-1870

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What is the problem?

The ATV's steering shaft can break unexpectedly and cause the rider to lose steering control and crash. This poses a risk of injury or death to riders.

How can I tell if I own this product?

This recall involves four-wheel drive 2012 and 2013 Honda FourTrax TRX500 Foreman ATV models FE and FM. The ATVs are red, green or camouflage and have "Honda" on both sides of the fuel tank and "Foreman" on the front cowl below the handlebars and on the left rear fender. The model number is on the left front frame down pipe above the driver's left-hand side front wheel. The following VIN ranges are included in the recall:

Model VIN Ranges  
2012 TRX500FE 1HFTE387*C4000006 thru 1HFTE387*C4005765  
2012 TRX500FE Camo 1HFTE385*C4000002 thru 1HFTE385*C4001201  
2012 TRX500FM 1HFTE380*C4000004 thru 1HFTE380*C4007923  
2012 TRX500FM Camo 1HFTE381*C4000003 thru 1HFTE381*C4000902  
2013 TRX500FE 1HFTE387*D4100001 thru 1HFTE387*D4101860  
2013 TRX500FE Camo 1HFTE385*D4100001 thru 1HFTE385*D4100600  
2013 TRX500FM 1HFTE380*D4100001 thru 1HFTE380*D4102400  
2013 TRX500FM Camo 1HFTE381*D4100001 thru 1HFTE381*D4100480  

Note: "Camo" means the body panels have a camouflage coloring. An asterisk "*" denotes a random alphanumeric identifier: 0-9 or X 

These items were sold new+ at Honda ATV dealers nationwide from May 2011 through September 2013 for between $6,900 and $7,900.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact a Honda ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. American Honda is contacting its customers directly.

American Honda toll-free at (866) 784-1870 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at and click on Support for product recall information.


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

Honda has received 18 reports of the ATV's steering shaft breaking, including two in which the riders were involved in a crash. No injuries have been reported.

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