Recall: Warn ATV and Utility Vehicle Winch Kits
On 2006-11-08, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Warn ATV and Utility Vehicle Winch Kits due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in May 2001 for about $700.00.
About 200,000 units are involved in this Warn Industries winch kit recall. Instance(s) of injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Vehicle Accessories category in 2006.
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What is the problem?
A component of the winch kit, the eight-post contactor, can continue to pull current when in the off position, which can cause it to overheat and pose a fire hazard.
Instance(s) of injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves eight-post contactors used on certain 2,500 to 3,500 lb Warn ATV and Utility Vehicle Winch Kits. The black contactors were sold as a part of winch kits and have a WARN logo on the top and bottom of the contactor. Warn part number 62135 is printed on the bottom. Contactors are found on the vehicle attached to the power wires, between the battery and the winch. The contactor has four holes for securing it to the vehicle. A complete listing of winch kit part numbers involved in this recall can be found at www.warn.com
These items were sold new+ at ATV dealers, ATV accessory retailers, mail order catalogs, and Web retailers nationwide from May 2001 through September 2005 for $700.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers with winch kits containing these eight-post contactors should immediately disconnect the contactor wires from the battery and contact Warn Industries or their local dealer for a free replacement contactor.
For additional information, consumers can contact Warn toll-free at (866)408-3767 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or e-mail Warn at firstname.lastname@example.org - consumers also can visit the firm's Web site at www.warn.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Warn Industries has received one report of a contactor failure resulting in excessive heat and melting damage to the contactor. No injuries were reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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