Consumer News: Explosion/Injury Hazards Prompt Recall of Ski-Doo® Snowmobiles

11/19/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Sturtevant, WI—BRP US Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voluntarily recalled about 1,000 Ski-Doo® Snowmobiles on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2010. The Wisconsin-based importer initiated the recall upon discovering that the product has the potential to explode, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the consumer.

According to the CPSC news release, “Electrostatic changes can accumulate and spark in the fuel tank when the engine is left idling, posing an explosion hazard that could result in serious injuries or death… The firm has received three reports of explosions, one involving minor burns to face and hands.”

The following Ski-Doo® Snowmobiles are affected by the defective product recall:

• Name: Expedition TUV 600 H.O. SDI

Model Year: 2005

Color: Black or Seashore

• Name: Skandic SWT V-800

Model Year: 2007

Color: Yellow

• Name: Skandic SUV 600 HO SDI

Model Year: 2008

Color: Black

• Name: Skandic SWT V-800

Model Year: 2008

Color: Yellow and Black

• Name: Skandic SWT V-800

Model Year: 2009

Color: Yellow and Black

• Name: Skandic SWT V-800

Model Year: 2010

Color: Yellow and Black

The potentially hazardous snowmobiles were made available for purchase at Ski-Doo dealers nationwide between March 2004 and March 2010. Prices ranged from $9,000 to $10,000.

Consumers have been advised to stop using the recalled snowmobiles and contact any Ski-Doo dealer to schedule an appointment for a complimentary repair. The company had reportedly contacted registered owners and informed them of the recall via mail.

The news release noted, “All models already repaired under previous recalls due to laceration hazard from projectiles, fire hazard, or explosion must be repaired again.”

Consumers with additional questions or concerns are urged to contact BRP toll-free at (888) 638-5397 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or visit the company’s Web site at www.ski-doo.com.

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