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Expanded recall: Honda Rancher All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)


On 2012-12-26, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published an expanded recall regarding Honda Rancher All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) due to a potential crash hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2011 for about $5100 to $7600. It was originally recalled on 2012-02-21.

About 20,000 units are involved in this Honda all terrain vehicle 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 2012. Since 2005, there have been approximately 60 similar recalls, involving about 1 million product units.

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Honda Rancher All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
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Image of Recalled Honda FourTrax Rancher TRX420TM 197341
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Company Contact Information:

Phone: (866) 784-1870

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What is the problem?

A weld on the ATV's front right and left upper suspension arms can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, posing a crash hazard.

How can I tell if I own this product?

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. The ATVs are red, green or camouflage and have the word "Honda" and the Honda wing logo on both sides of the fuel tank. The word "Rancher" is on the front cowl below the handlebars and on the left rear fender. Rancher models in the following Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ranges are being recalled:

ModelVIN Ranges
TRX420FA1HFTE370*C4300541 thru C4301380
TRX420FA Camo1HFTE374*C4300121 thru C4300240
TRX420FE1HFTE354*C4501741 thru C4504380
TRX420FE Camo1HFTE357*C4500301 thru C4500720
TRX420FM1HFTE350*C4502342 thru C4506061
TRX420FM Camo1HFTE359*C4500317 thru C4500840
TRX420FPA1HFTE372*C4300482 thru C4302461
TRX420FPA Camo1HFTE375*C4300061 thru C4300420
TRX420FPE1HFTE35K*C4501202 thru C4502881
TRX420FPE Camo1HFTE35M*C4500241 thru C4500360
TRX420FPM1HFTE35F*C4501441 thru C4502760
TRX420FPM Camo1HFTE35H*C4500301 thru C4500420
TRX420TE1HFTE344* C4500841 thru C4504020
TRX420TM1HFTE340* C4500542 thru C4503001

*Denotes a random alphanumeric identifier: "0-9" or "X"

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.

NOTE: Some of these models were previously recalled. They should be rechecked.

These items were sold new+ at Honda ATV dealers nationwide from September 2011 to November 2012 for between $5,100 and $7,600.

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 these ATVs and contact their 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 "Product Recall Information" at the bottom of the page for more information.


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

Honda is aware of 10 incidents of suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a sprained wrist.

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