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Arctic Cat Issues Recall Due To Fire Hazard

By Nick Longworth

New graphics packages weren’t the only thing some Arctic Cat riders have been finding hot on their sleds.

Arctic Cat recently announced a recall of certain snowmobiles as the result of a fire hazard due to exhaust flaming from the muffler while the snowmobile is in operation, potentially posing a fire hazard to riders.

One of Arctic Cat’s recalled snowmobiles, the ZR 8000.

The recall involves all model year 2018 and 2019 M 8000, XF 8000, ZR 8000 and Norseman X 8000 sleds in a variety of color combinations and track lengths. The affected units were sold by Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from January 2017 through February 2019 for between about $13,800 and $18,000.

To date Arctic Cat has received 70 reports of melting plastic around the exhaust outlet area, in addition to four reports of plastic catching fire. No injuries have been reported. The recall affects an estimated 9,000 sleds, plus an additional 5,500 sold in Canada.

Consumers with recalled snowmobiles should contact Arctic Cat to schedule a free repair; a vehicle identification number (VIN) is stamped on the right side of the snowmobile tunnel near the right foot rest. Arctic Cat is contacting all known purchasers directly.

For more information, visit Arctic Cat’s website and click “Recall Information” located at the bottom of the page.

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