Attention folks who have joined the burgeoning snow bike conversion market in recent years: Your kits might be subject to a recall.
On Monday, July 9, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of 910 snow bike conversion kits made by Camso due to serious a serious braking issue. Specifically, the bolts on the brake can loosen, posing a crash or impact hazard, according to the CPSC announcement.
The recall covers model year 2018 Camso DTS 129 kits with a serial number starting with 9025ICEXXXX, as well as, Yeti Snow MX kits starting with YE3XXXX. It includes 480 kits sold in the United States, and another 430 of the same units sold in Canada.
The CPSC says consumers should immediately stop using the snow bikes – though given their seasonality, many kits are in storage waiting for snow. According to the CPSC announcement, Camso has received two reports involving the DTS 129 brake disc bolts loosening and seven reports involving the Yeti Snow MX brake disc bolts loosening. No injuries have been reported.
The DTS 129 is the kit version that Camso and Arctic Cat co-developed that, in complete snow bike form, would make up the still-to-be-released Arctic Cat SVX450. Yeti, meanwhile, was acquired by Camso last fall.
This recall is the second related to brakes on the DTS 129. On December 1, 2017, there was a recall for 280 model year 2017 DTS 129 units sold in the U.S., with another 316 sold in Canada. In that case, the focus was the pins that hold the brake pads – it was deemed that they could sheer off, leading to potential crashes. At the time of the recall, 17 such failures had been reported.
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