Recall Alert: ATV Steering Problem Could Cause Riders to Lose Control and Crash
Four-wheelers are useful on farms and fun forms of recreation. However, another top consideration for ATV enthusiasts and new riders is safety. Crashing can be a concern, particularly because most people ride ATVs for thrills. And losing control and crashing due to a defect shouldn’t be something riders should have to worry about. But this could happen if you own a certain CFMOTO ATV model, which is under recall for a dangerous steering problem.
The 2021 CFMOTO CFORCE 800XC ATV recall
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CFMOTO issued the recall in early May for just over 2,000 units due to a problem with the electronic power steering (EPS). The CPSC received reports that the EPS failed, causing riders to lose control and crash. Riders reported at least two injuries as a result of this problem.
The affected ATVs are 2021 CFORCE 800XC models with 800cc four-cycle engines. The recalled vehicles are orange, blue, silver, and camouflage and have the CFMOTO logo stamped on the grille.
How can you find out if your ATV is part of the recall?
Owners purchased the affected ATVs between September 2020 and April 2021 at CFMOTO dealerships nationwide. You can find the model name on the side of the vehicle chassis. Also, 2021 models have the letter “M” in the 10th position of the vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN is on the right frame rail, under the seat.
CFMOTO is contacting all registered owners and dealerships. However, if you suspect your ATV should be part of the recall, stop using it immediately. Then contact a CFMOTO dealer to schedule a free repair. You can reach the company by calling 888-823-6686 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, emailing [email protected], or visiting CFMOTO‘s website and clicking on “Customer Care” and then “Vehicle Safety” for more information.
Also, if you had a problem with the EPS in your ATV, you can file an incident report with the CPSC. Even though CFMOTO has already issued a recall, it’s still important to report any problems so that the CPSC can monitor any adverse events related to the recall.
About the CMOTO CFORCE 800XC
The CMOTO CFORCE 800XC has a 65-hp V-twin, liquid-cooled eight-valve engine with an easy-shift gate system. In addition to the EPS, it has a CVTech transmission with a high gear and a low gear, along with neutral and reverse. It has a double-A-arm front suspension, independent trailing arm rear suspension, and fully adjustable gas shocks. Each 800XC also has hydraulic brakes, 14-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels, and 26-inch radial tires.
With a ground clearance of 11 inches, a 3,000-pound winch, a two-inch hitch receptacle, and a towing capacity of 873 pounds, this ATV can get a lot done. It also features LED running lights and LED projector-beam headlights. Its front and rear racks have a capacity of 100 pounds and 75 pounds, respectively.
Riding an all-terrain vehicle can be exciting and entertaining. If you have a farm or a large property, a four-wheeler can be a valuable tool for completing chores quickly and easily. Even Kanye West loves ATVs, using them on his ranch in Wyoming. Whether you use your ATV for tearing up the terrain or doing chores, staying safe is imperative. So make sure your vehicle doesn’t have a recall attached to it, and always wear a helmet.