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Arctic Cat to recall 16,000 snowmobiles

Snowmobile enthusiasts who own 2010 model Arctic Cats should be pulling -- not driving -- those sleds to their local dealers for a free repair.

Some 16,500 Arctic Cat snowmobiles have been recalled under a voluntary recall announced Tuesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Arctic Cat.

"We recommend stop using it and get it to the dealer before you ride it," said John Tranby, Arctic Cat marketing director.

The recall was initiated after discovering that the front lower suspension arm can crack while in use, which could cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of severe injury or death, according to a report issued by the CPSC.

The recall involves all 2010 Arctic Cat Z1, TZ1, F, Bearcat, M and CF model snowmobiles, including all variations and features on the listed models, the CPSC reported.

The model name is indicated on the side of vehicle, in the registration materials and owner's manual.

"The fix is pretty easy," Tranby said. "You don't even have to take the snowmobile off the trailer. They can do it right there."

He said no injuries or deaths have been reported. But, the company noticed cracks on 13 suspension arms.

"The problem is you don't know which one has the brittle material, so you've go to do them all," he said.

This is believed to be the largest recall of Arctic Cat snowmobiles ever. The last recall was in February 2010, when about 1,300 sleds were recalled to replace fuel tank mounting screws.

Consumers are advised to contact their local Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer to receive a free repair. All registered owners have been directly notified about the recall through the mail.

All of the recalled snowmobiles were manufactured at Arctic Cat's Thief River Falls' production plant, which employs about 1,100. The company's headquarters have been in Plymouth, Minn., a Twin Cities suburb, since 2007.

For further information concerning the recall, consumers may contact Arctic Cat at (800) 279-6851 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the website at