Arctic Cat of Thief River Falls, Minnesota is recalling all 2011 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs, and some 2012 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs, as it has been discovered that the ATV’s steering tie-rod can bend, causing loss of control and a possible subsequent crash.
Recalled Arctic Cat 2012 model year ATVs can be identified by the last six numerals of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the following ranges: 6V0101 through 6V0178 and 700101 through 700230. The VIN is located on the lower front frame tube below the front bumper. The recalled ATVs are black and orange or black and lime green and display the words “Arctic Cat” on each side of the cowl ahead of the handlebars. The model number “450 XC” is on the front center of the cowl.
Consumers should immediately stop using these ATVs and contact their local Arctic Cat ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. While Arctic Cat has received three reports of bent tie-rods, there have been no reports of injuries.