Arctic Cat ATV Recalls | Ethen Ostroff Law
When it comes to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, and other off-road vehicles, Arctic Cat is one of the most popular brands on the market. Arctic Cat vehicles are being used both in industry and by enthusiasts. The brand is known to be very safe and reliable. Arctic Cat’s ATVs are perfect for beginners and children who want to give this a go. However, with popularity comes responsibility, and Arctic Cat has been subject to numerous lawsuits and product recalls due to safety concerns. It is crucial for consumers to stay informed about any Arctic Cat ATV recalls ensuring the safety of their vehicles and prevent potential accidents. If you have been injured due to an Arctic Cat ATV defect, read on to learn about your legal options.
What Arctic Cat ATV models are there?
The ATVs of Arctic have long been a popular choice among off-road enthusiasts. They are known for their durability and adaptability. Arctic Cat ATVs are designed for various terrains and climates. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned trail conqueror, Arctic Cat’s ATVs can accommodate any rider.
The following is a list of Arctic Cat ATVs:
- 2022-23 Alterra 450
- 2019 Alterra 570, Alterra 570 XT, and Alterra 570 EPS
- 2022-23 Alterra 600
- 2023 Alterra 600 TRV
- 2018-19 Alterra 700
- 2019 Alterra 700 EPS
- 2019 Alterra 700 XT EPS
- 2018 Alterra 500
- 2018, 2022-23 Alterra 300
- 2017-18 Alterra 150
- 2019, 2022 Alterra TRV 700
- 2017-19 Alterra IBX 700
- 2017-18, 2022-23 Alterra 90
- 2017-19 Alterra 90 DVX
- 2018-19 MudPro 700 LTD
Arctic Cat ATV Recalls Due to Safety Concerns
Arctic Cat has a responsibility to ensure their products are safe to use. Sadly, their ATVs have been the subject of lawsuits and recalls because of safety concerns. These Arctic Cat ATV recalls highlight the safety risks associated with the ATVs and the need for routine inspections and maintenance.
The most significant Arctic Cat ATV recalls are:
- In March 2023, Textron Specialized Vehicles, which owns Arctic Cat, recalled Arctic Cat Alterra 600 and Tracker 600 ATVs due to a faulty A-arm. The recall impacted 3,800 ATVs sold in the United States and 1,200 sold in Canada.
- In November 2021, Arctic Cat voluntarily recalled about 550 model year 2002 ATVs due to broken front suspensions. The recall included ATVs with VINs 4UF02ATV12T206459 through 4UF02ATV42T207010.
- In November 2011, Arctic Cat voluntarily recalled about 1,384 ATVs due to bent steering tie-rods. The recall included all 2011 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs and some 2012 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs.
- In January 2007, Arctic Cat voluntarily recalled about 1,500 Arctic Cat 90cc DVX and Utility model ATVs due to loosened steering components. The recall included 2007 model 90cc DVX youth model ATVs within the VIN range of RFB07ATV07K6F0243 through RFB07ATVX7K6F0752 and 90cc Utility youth model ATVs within the VIN range of RFB07ATV07K6D1367 through RFB07ATVX7K6D2400.
- In March 2005, Arctic Cat voluntarily recalled about 16,200 Arctic Cat FIS and TBX Model ATVs due to fuel leak. The recalled ATVs included 2005 Arctic Cat 500 and 650 FIS, and 400 and 500 TBX models.
- In August 2002, Arctic Cat voluntarily recalled about 45,000 ATVs due to failure of the ball joints on the front suspension. The recalled 2002 model ATVs included the following ATV model names: 250, 300, 300 Massey Ferguson, 375, 400, 400 i, 500, TBX 500, and 500i.
- In December 2001, Arctic Cat voluntarily recalled about 15,500 ATVs due to fluid leaks in the braking system’s pressure switch. The unexpected loss of fluid can cause the brakes to fail. The recalled ATVs are here.
How do you know if your Arctic Cat ATV has any outstanding safety bulletins?
If you own an Arctic Cat ATV, you should check the recall status and perform any necessary repairs to ensure your safety. Any authorized Arctic Cat dealer can check the serial number (VIN) of your ATV for outstanding Safety Bulletins at no charge.
How do owners get a safety recall clearance letter for the Arctic Cat they are bringing to Canada from the US?
Owners can fax the following information to (204) 832-0205, Attention Recall Letter:
- Copy of bill of sale
- Complete name and address
- Daytime contact information
ATV Accidents and Injuries
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were 526,900 emergency department-treated injuries associated with off-highway vehicles (ATVs, recreational off-highway vehicles, and/or utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs)) in the country from 2016 to 2020. This is equal to about 105,400 emergency department-treated injuries on average each year over the period.
ATV accident injuries can be serious and life-threatening. They require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. The most common ATV accident injuries reported are:
- Abdominal injuries
- Amputation and loss of limb
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Bruises, burns, and cuts
- Emotional or mental injuries
- Facial injuries and dental trauma
- Internal bleeding
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Which factors contribute most to ATV accidents?
Factors that contribute most to ATV accidents are:
- Children riding without adult supervision
- Driving on a paved surface
- Driving under influence
- Failing to observe state laws and local ordinances
- Letting an inexperienced operator ride
- Driving in unfamiliar terrain
- Reckless driving
- Unsafe weather conditions
Tips to Prevent ATV Accidents
ATVs provide riders with adventure, but riders must be aware of the dangers. Keep the following tips in mind to avoid accidents and injuries while riding an ATV:
- Check the weather conditions.
- Do not drive after dark.
- Do not drive while intoxicated.
- Never drive on paved roads.
- Obey state and local laws and regulations.
- Stick to the speed limit.
- Know basic first aid.
- Take a hands-on ATV safety course from a certified instructor.
- Wear a helmet.
What to Do After an ATV Accident
As much fun as ATVs can be, they can also be dangerous. ATV accidents happen. If you have been in an ATV accident that resulted in injury, heed these essential tips:
- See a doctor even if you do not feel seriously injured to ensure that there are no underlying injuries that could worsen over time.
- Take pictures of the accident scene. They can help your accident attorney determine the cause of your crash.
- Get the names of any witnesses. If another ATV was involved in the crash, you will need the driver’s name and number, insurance information, and the make and model of the ATV.
- Do not discuss the accident with anyone except for law enforcement officials and your ATV accident lawyer.
- Do not sign anything until you have discussed your case with a personal injury lawyer.
Who is liable for an Arctic ATV accident?
The potentially liable parties in an ATV accident depend on the circumstances of the case. If you were involved in an Arctic Cat ATV accident because of a defect, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Common Arctic Cat ATV product defects include a faulty A-arm, broken front suspension, bent tie-rods, loosened steering components, fuel leaks, and other mechanical problems.
Other common defendants include:
- An ATV rental company
- Another ATV rider
- Negligent car drivers
- Private landowners
Complaints and Lawsuits Against Arctic Cat's Vehicles
Arctic Cat’s ATVs have been the subject of complaints and lawsuits in the US. The complaints and lawsuits highlight the dangers of ATVs and the need to take precautions.
One notable case is Edwards v. Arctic Cat, Inc., Case No.: 3:12-cv-03269 (S.D.W. Va.). Plaintiff Russell Edwards was driving a 2008 Arctic Cat Prowler XTX 700 H1 Limited Edition UTV. Arctic Cat designed, manufactured, and distributed his vehicle. Edwards claims that while driving, the cast aluminum rear suspension knuckle failed, causing the vehicle to flip over. As a result, he sustained serious physical injuries, including broken bones, lacerations, and head and brain trauma. Edwards claims strict liability, design and manufacturing defects, breach of warranty, and failure to warn. He is suing for both compensatory and punitive damages.
Despite the Arctic Cat recalls, the company’s ATVs continue to be popular among off-road enthusiasts. Riders should exercise caution and follow all recommended safety guidelines to prevent accidents and injuries.
Taking Legal Action After an Arctic Cat ATV Crash
Injured in an accident involving an Arctic Cat ATV defect? You can file a claim for personal injury against the manufacturer. To do so, you must show that the ATV defect caused your accident and injuries.
A successful ATV accident lawsuit against another party depends on proving that they were negligent in their actions. Negligence is defined as carelessness that directly or indirectly results in a harmful accident. It can be classified as one of three legal categories:
- Negligent entrustment
- Negligent maintenance
- Negligent supervision
If you were injured in an accident involving a recalled or defective Arctic Cat ATV, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. The filing of a personal injury lawsuit can help you recover the damages necessary to cover:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Other costs related to your accident
Hire Ethen Ostroff Law for Your Arctic Cat ATV Accident Lawsuit
Are you planning to file a personal injury lawsuit due to an Arctic Cat ATV accident? If you are, have a personal injury attorney on your side. Ethen Ostroff Law and its partner firms can help you navigate the complexities of the legal system and protect your rights.
On your behalf, we will:
- Find out what caused the ATV accident and hold the right people accountable.
- Gather and preserve evidence.
- Build a solid case.
- Negotiate with the insurer.
- Take your case to court if needed.
Our goal is to get you fair compensation for all your ATV accident injuries. To reach Ethen Ostroff Law, call 610-510-8883 or Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you recover compensation after an Arctic Cat ATV accident.