Only about 4,000 Cub Cadet 2016 Challenger utility vehicles were sold. But Cub Cadet’s already heard about 80 cases of brake failure, a malfunction rate high enough to cause a recall of all 2016 Cub Cadet Challenger four-wheel drive utility vehicles.
Working brakes seem to be a problem for Cub Cadet’s Challenger models. Last year, 22 reports of a failed parking brake cable prompted a recall of the 2015 Cub Cadet Challenger CX500 and Challenger CX700 off-road utility vehicles.
As for this recall, Cub Cadet’s explanation in its U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission notice is, “Air in the brake system can cause brake failure, posing a crash hazard to the user or bystander.”
So, owners should pull in, turn off, get out and contact an authorized Cub Cadet dealer or Cub Cadet customer service for a free repair. For the latter, call 1-888-848-6038 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Saturday or Sunday or go to the company's website for more information.