Date: September 8, 2006
Product Line: Snowmobile
Bulletin No: 2007-1-03
Subject: Steering Shaft
All 2002 440 Sno Pro Models
All 2003 Firecat 500/600/700, Firecat 700 Sno Pro, and 440 Sno Pro Models
All 2004 Firecat 500/600/700 (STD and Sno Pro) and Sabercat 500/600/700 Models
All 2005 Firecat 500/600/700 (STD and Sno Pro), M5/M6/M7, and Sabercat 500/600/700 Models
All 2006 Crossfire 700, Firecat 500/600/700, Firecat 700 Sno Pro, Sabercat 500/600/700, and the MSeries (VIN Range of 4UF06SNWX6T100985 - 4UF06SNW26T128280 and the VIN Range of 4UF06SNW16T900039 - 4UF06SNW06T900064).
NOTE: The VIN ranges of 4UF06SNWX6T100985 - 4UF06SNW26T128280 and 4UF06SNW16T900039 - 4UF06SNW06T900064 apply to all the 2006 models listed above. For identification purposes, it is necessary to refer to only the last six digits of the VIN.
What is the reason for this notice?
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Arctic Cat is voluntarily recalling 78,872 snowmobiles equipped with Steering Shaft (p/n 0705-397).
What is the problem?
The steering shaft on the affected models may not be adequately welded to the steering arm shaft. If this condition exists, the steering shaft may come loose from the steering shaft arm resulting in a loss of steering control.
Stop Sale Immediately of all 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 snowmobiles indicated in the affected model list above.
What should you do?
Update all affected snowmobiles still at your dealership. All registered owners of affected snowmobiles will be sent a letter concerning this Product Safety Recall Bulletin (letter enclosed). If a customer contacts you concerning this issue, please assist them in completing the necessary update.
Order an appropriate number of Steering Shaft Reinforcement Assembly Kits (p/n 1705-200) through normal parts-ordering channels. Your dealership Parts Account will be billed and then credited upon receipt of a Warranty Claim Request form.
Warranty: A labor allowance of 0.2 hr will be paid per affected snowmobile.
Do not operate or permit anyone to operate a snowmobile until the steering shaft has been updated. Severe personal injury may result if the steering shaft comes loose and loss of control occurs.