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(Issued 2004) - Ratchet Winch Kits for Snowmobiles


CPSC, Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. Announce Recall of
Ratchet Winch Kits, Sold as Accessory for Snowmobiles



The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.




Name of Product: Ratchet Winch Kits



Units: About 45



Manufacturer: JSF Manufacturing Inc., of Hazelnut, Ga.



Hazard: When the ratchet winch, or hook, is under tension, it can detach
and be projected, posing a risk of serious injury or death to user or
bystander.



Incidents/Injuries: None reported.



Description: The ratchet winch kit was sold as an accessory for the
Elite model snowmobile and is used as a tow line if the snowmobile is
immobilized. The ratchet kit is made of black metal and has a metal
wheel with about a 5-inch diameter attached to a metal arm that measures
about 9-inches in length.



Sold by: Ski-Doo dealers nationwide between July 2003 and March 2004 for
about $82.


Manufactured In: U.S.



Remedy: Return the ratchet winch kit to your Ski-Doo dealer for a
refund.



Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bombardier
Recreational Products at (888) 864-2002 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET
Monday through Friday.




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FWIW, you can still buy em from Northern Tool, sold as ATV winch. About $40. Don't know anythng about them but saw them in the latest sales flyer.
 

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Just bought item # 14568 from Northern. $ 30.00 & P & H. Small (folding) and portable, 1000 lb. capacity. I checked with them, this one is OK. No recall or safety bulletin.
 
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