Yamaha Recalls 20,000 ATVs

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All-terrain vehicles are being recalled by Yamaha on concerns that 20,000 of them may have faulty steering column support, which could lead to crashes.

Just as ATV enthusiasts have been taking their vehicles out of storage in the warmer weather, Yamaha has reported 19 cases in which cracks in the ATV steering column caused riders to lose control. No injuries have been reported, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Yamaha is one of the largest ATV-sellers in the U.S. next to Honda (Stock Quote: HMC).

The most recent ATV recall affects several models of Yamaha’s Grizzly ATVs without power steering. The models were sold between October 2007 and March 2010 for between $7,000 and $9,500 at Yamaha dealers across the country.

Consumers with recalled ATVs are urged to stop riding them and contact their local Yamaha dealer for a free repair.

For more information on this ATV recall, visit cpsc.gov.

Last summer, the CPSC warned consumers of rollover hazards involving Yamaha Rhino recreational off-highway vehicles after nearly 60 drivers or passengers died and many more were injured due to rollovers.

Another popular ATV maker, Polaris (Stock Quote: PII), also recalled a number of its ATVs last summer due to a fire and burn hazard in cold temperatures.

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