Textron recalled about 19,400 recreational off-road vehicles sold under the cool brand name Arctic Cat because the wrong parts can get too hot — a lot.
The problem with the 2014-2017 Wildcat Trails and 2015-2017 Wildcat Sport ROVs, as described in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission posted recall notice: “Heat from the exhaust can melt the plastic panels behind the operator and passenger seat, posing a fire hazard.”
And this is no idle worry.
“The firm has received 444 reports of the plastic panels melting, with five resulting in fires,” the notice admits.
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So, owners of the 14,100 Wildcats sold in the United States and 5,300 sold in Canada and Mexico should call Arctic Cat at 1-800-279-6851 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, to schedule a free repair. To find Arctic Cat service technicians near you, click here.
This is Textron’s first recall since January, when 1,100 off-road vehicles that lacked seat belts got recalled after one was involved in a death.