If you received a snowmobile during your holiday celebrations, you are undoubtedly the envy of your buddies. After all, modern snowmachines have a variety of features that immediately improve your winter riding experience. Still, if you have a specific type of snowmobile, your new toy may be a fire hazard.
Recently, the U.S. Consumer Protection Bureau announced a safety-based recall of some 2021 and 2022 models of Ski-Doo snowmobiles. If you have a late-model Ski-Doo, it is critical for you to address the recall before your next adventure.
Which models does the recall cover?
Most Ski-Doo snowmobiles are not subject to the recall notice. Still, if you have any of the following snowmachines with 600 EFI engines, yours may have an outstanding recall:
- 2021 Ski-Doo Expedition Sport
- 2021 Ski-Doo Backcountry Sport
- 2021 Ski-Doo MXZ Sport
- 2021 and 2022 Ski-Doo Skandic Sport
- 2021 and 2022 Ski-Doo Tundra Sport
- 2021 and 2022 Ski-Doo Renegade Sport
What is the risk?
Riding a snowmobile comes with some inherent risks. The recalled Ski-Doo snowmobiles, though, have mufflers that can overheat even when you ride them properly. Due to the placement of these mufflers, overheating can lead to a fire. This may be true even if you have finished your ride and parked your snowmachine in the garage or shed.
What can you do?
If your Ski-Doo snowmobile is on the above list, it is critical not to ride it until an authorized dealer has made repairs. These repairs should be free to you. If you cannot obtain repairs immediately, you should alert others to the potential safety risk.
Ultimately, while you are probably itching to ride your new Ski-Doo snowmobile, waiting until it is safe may be the only way to prevent a catastrophic fire-related injury.