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May 15, 2006 – Snowmobile Report

May 15, 2006
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Arctic Cat recalls Firecats, Sabercats
Arctic Cat Inc. has recalled about 41,000 snowmobiles because of fuel tanks that could crack and leak, allowing fuel or fuel vapors to escape, posing a fire and burn hazard.
Minnesota-based Arctic Cat has received 217 warranty claims related to two issues surrounding possible fuel leakage from fuel tanks, including a crack in the fuel filler neck and leaks at the fuel outlet fitting. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled fuel tanks were installed on all 2004, 2005 and 2006 Firecat and Sabercat models. The recall also includes all 2003 Firecat carbureted models. The affected models were manufactured in a variety of colors and engine sizes. All are included in this recall.
Manufactured in the United States, the sleds were sold at Arctic Cat dealerships nationwide from May 2002 through April 2006 for between $6,500 and $8,500.
Consumers are being asked to stop using these snowmobiles immediately.
Registered owners have been notified about this recall by mail and asked to contact a local Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer to schedule a free repair.
A New Tracked Vehicle
An Australian company, Scarpar Pty Ltd., has made public a design for a new tracked, multi-surface vehicle called the Scarpar.
The machine, which looks something like a snowboard with small tracks in the front and back, may be to market by 2007.
A rider stands on the board, straddling the engine and turns it by leaning. The Scarpar has an expected top speed between 35 and 50 mph, with a range of 20 miles, according to preliminary reports by the company.
The target market is the GenX and GenY buyers, particularly snowboarders who want to go off-road.
Scarpar plans to sell its product via a dealer network, particularly through existing snowmobile and ATV dealers. To view the Scarpar in action, see www.scarpar.com.
Congress Set For Vermont
The annual International Snowmobile Congress (ISC), a meeting of grassroots snowmobile volunteers and policy makers, will take place in Burlington, Vt., June 8-10.
The ISC is a place for volunteer representatives from the United States, Canada and Sweden to discuss trail legislative issues on a local and national level. It is also a meeting ground for government trail managers to share ideas and issues.
All meetings will take place at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center. The cost to attend is $215 for three days, including breakfast and two dinners. For more information, view www.vtvast.org. psb

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