Can-Am Renegade ATV Racers Go 1-2 at Limestone GNCC

16 05 2016

VALCOURT, QUEBEC / CANADA – May 16, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Can-Am X-Team racer Jordan Phillips won the 10 a.m. overall and the 4×4 Pro class at the Limestone 100 Grand National Cross Country race in Springville, Ind. Fellow Can-Am Renegade 4×4 ATV racer Robert Smith joined Phillips on both the overall and class podiums, giving Can-Am a 1-2 finish on the day.

  • Jordan Phillips wins 4×4 Pro class and 10 a.m. overall
  • Cunningham earns fifth, leads 4×4 Pro class points race

“The Limestone 100 was one of the most challenging, muddy GNCC races in quite some time. Anytime you can end a muddy two-hour GNCC race with a victory, three in the top five and still maintain the 4×4 Pro class points lead, you have to be pleased,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “Jordan Phillips earned another big win this year and continues to make huge strides in his chase for the championship.”

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Can-Am X-Team racer Jordan Phillips (Can-Am / FCR / GBC) was in third place with just 6.5 miles to go at the Limestone GNCC, but took over the lead when the leader and second-place riders got stuck on the course behind lapped traffic. The 4×4 Pro class racer made his move and held the lead all the way to finish line. He won the overall and 4×4 Pro class aboard his Can-Am Renegade ATV.

Round six of the GNCC series was a muddy mess and one that challenged both man and machine, as only 51 of 258 total riders in the 10 a.m. session were able to complete all five laps. The filthy conditions were no match for Phillips and his Can-Am Renegade 1000R ATV. The Renegade ATV’s awesome power propelled him to the holeshot, while its dependable performance helped Phillips stay in the top two the entire race in spite of dozens of deep mud holes, numerous lapped riders and fierce competitors.

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Can-Am X-Team racers Kevin Cunningham (No. 744) and Jordan Phillips (No. 602) battled for the 4×4 Pro class holeshot at round 6. Phillips won the race – his second of the year – but Cunningham’s fifth-place finish helped him carry his class points lead into round seven.

“Wow, what a race! I pulled the holeshot and battled for the overall all day long. My Can-Am Renegade ATV was amazing today is dismal conditions. I’m thrilled to have pulled off the win,” said Phillips. “Thanks friends, family and all of my sponsors!”

Philips and Can-Am X-Team teammates Kevin Cunningham and Robert Smith battled for the win. In the end, Philips edged Smith by 14 seconds for the victory. Smith led after four laps, but lost some time on the final lap and had to settle for a very respectable second-place finish, his best of 2016. Cunningham was the race leader after two laps, but ended up fighting through traffic and the sloppy conditions to notch a solid top-five finish. His fifth top-five run of the season maintained his current No. 1 position in the class points race.

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Rob Smith (Can-Am / BNR Motorsports), who had his best finish of the season, overcame many obstacles and extreme mud to make both the 10 a.m. overall and 4×4 Pro class podiums in Indiana.

Phillips is the first 4×4 Pro class racer and Can-Am X-Team member to record more than one victory in the first six rounds of the 13-round GNCC ATV schedule. Phillips, who also won round three in North Carolina, currently sits in fourth place in the 4×4 Pro class standings with his Can-Am Renegade 1000R ATV.

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In six rounds, five different racers have posted 4×4 Pro class wins. Jordan Phillips (right) is the first to notch two wins in the class. He is currently fourth in the points race. Rob Smith (left) is sixth after his second-place runner-up finish at the Limestone 100 in Indiana.

GNCC round five winner Cody Miller, defending 4×4 Pro class champion Bryan Buckhannon and Zac Zakowski rounded out the top 10 in the 10 a.m. overall, in sixth, seventh and 10th place, respectively, aboard their Can-Am ATVs. Can-Am racers also swept the 4×4 A/B class podium and won the 4×4 Senior class in Indiana.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.8 billion from over 100 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,900 people worldwide.   http://www.brp.com/

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Can-Am Brand Ambassador Ken Block Showcases Custom Maverick Side-by-Side Vehicle Builds

5 05 2016

VALCOURT, QUEBEC / CANADA – May 5, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Performance driver and Can-Am ambassador Ken Block, of “Gymkhana” video fame, has lifted the cover off of his modified Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicles. Block and his Hoonigan team have personalized his units to fit his lifestyle, and have taken the first steps in their plan for showcasing the performance capabilities of the Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicles.

“Ken Block and his team have produced two stylish Maverick X rs 1000R Turbo side-by-side vehicles. They designed each vehicle with personality, functionality, yet didn’t alter the vehicles’ design too much from those models currently available in Can-Am dealerships. These photos have instant appeal to performance enthusiasts around the world,” said Marc-André, director, Global Marketing, Can-Am Off-Road.

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Block’s team transformed the 131-horsepower, two-seat Can-Am Maverick X rs 1000R Turbo into a desert-conquering, recreational racer, complete with Lonestar Racing for Can-Am accessories and custom Beard Seats. The Hoonigan “surgeons” also built upon the Can-Am Maverick MAX X rs 1000R Turbo unit’s sporty-and-comfortable four-seat platform by converting it to a family getaway rig and mountain bike hauler.

“I’m super stoked on how these two builds turned out,” said Block on his Hoonigan Racing Division blog. “Can-Am has such an amazing platform from which to build with these things. The fact that they come turbo from the factory is a huge plus to me, since it means I don’t have to mess around with a ton of aftermarket engine stuff to have the speed and power that I want right out of the box. My team did a great job upgrading these though.”

The Hoonigan Racing Division started by unveiling the customized Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicle beauty shots taken at the Hoonigan headquarters in Park City, Utah. With gobs of appeal from their head-turning good looks, mods and factory-installed performance, Block couldn’t wait for phase 2, which was the action shoot in the high desert of Utah.

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“My favorite thing about these Can-Am Off-Road Maverick X rs Turbo UTVs is that they’re pretty much a cross between two of my favorite vehicles: a dirt bike and a rally car,” stated Block, a skilled World Rally Championship racer, X Games medalist and viral video icon.

Block and his team have shared the Can-Am build story, stellar images and more exciting info on the custom Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicles on his social media channels and on the Hoonigan Racing Division blog: www.hooniganracing.com/blog/KB-Custom-Can-Am-Maverick-Turbos/

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.8 billion from over 100 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,900 people worldwide.  www.brp.com    @BRPnews

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BRP’s New Six-Passenger Can-Am Defender MAX Family of Vehicles Reimagines The Utility Side-By-Side Category

29 03 2016

VALCOURT, QUEBEC, CANADA – March 29, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  BRP (TSX: DOO) has expanded its line of Can-Am Defender utility-recreational side-by-side vehicles with the addition of the 2017 Can-Am Defender MAX family, offered in four different models. Its pickup truck-inspired design offers extensive capability, cargo and storage space, along with comfortable seating for up to six adults.

  • Latest addition to continuously growing Can-Am side-by-side vehicle offering
  • Pickup truck-inspired design and capability purpose-built for outdoor enthusiasts
  • Seats up to six adults with latest tough, capable, clever Can-Am Defender DNA

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The 2017 Can-Am Defender MAX XT HD10 in Intense Red.
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“We made a commitment last fall to vastly broaden our Can-Am side-by-side portfolio with the introduction of a new vehicle every six months for the next four years. The release of this second Can-Am Defender family of vehicles is a direct result of that promise,” said Anne Bélec, SVP Global Brand, Communications and PAC at BRP. “The Defender MAX vehicle meets the very specific demands of global tradesman, hunters and farmers with a tough and capable design that delivers class-leading comfort, convenience and reliability.”

With its added seating capacity, better storage and workhorse capability, the Can-Am Defender MAX models can tacklethe toughest jobs or be used to explore terrain with friends and family. The side-by-side vehiclescan cleverly convert from transporting people to carrying supplies and heavy loads in seconds.

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Similar to the single-bench seat Can-Am Defender vehicle launched in 2015, the Defender MAX model is available with two heavy-duty Rotax V-Twin engine packages – a 72-hp HD10 and a 50-hp HD8 – each delivering peak torque at lower RPM for tackling tough jobs and overcoming varying terrain. It also comes standard with PRO-TORQ transmission with a Quick-Response System that allows for improved power transfer to the wheels.

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The Can-Am Defender MAX side-by-side vehicle has three driving modes and a four-mode traction system with Visco-Lok QE front differential that provide multiple choices and control for varying terrain and tasks. It features a 1,750-pound (793.8-kg) payload capacity, 2,000-pound (907.2-kg) tow rating and is rated to haul a best-in-class 1,000 pounds (454 kg) in its dumpable cargo bed. All of this capability is packaged with an exclusive suspension that provides responsive handling and comfort, even while carrying heavy loads.

The rear cargo bed, which has a 250-pound (113-kg) capacity, is equipped with integrated anchors and tie-down points, and includes multiple recesses for DIY convenience, such as a set built specifically to hold five-gallon (19-L) buckets in place. In addition to the rear cargo bed space, there are copious amounts of onboard storage by way of adaptable and folding front and rear passenger seats and an industry-first removable toolbox. Also integrated into the cockpit are easy egress/ingress seats, passenger handholds and fold-down armrests with cup holders.

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Multiple package options are available for all Can-Am Defender MAX models: Defender MAX HD8, Defender MAX HD10, Defender MAX XT HD8 and Defender MAX XT HD10.  Premium colors, including an industry-exclusive Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo, and dozens of genuine Can-Am accessories are also available for personalization.

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The Defender MAX model comes with a yearly advised maintenance schedule of 1,865 miles (3,000 km) or 200 hours so owners can focus on chores and recreation instead of routine service.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.8 billion from over 100 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,900 people worldwide.

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BRP Invests $118 Million in Valcourt and Announces a Review of its Working Methods

4 12 2015

VALCOURT, QUEBEC, CANADA – December 4, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  (TSX: DOO) BRP Inc. intends to invest $118 million in its Valcourt manufacturing activities within the next five years. These investments will strengthen Valcourt’s strategic role as the Centre of expertise for design, research, development and manufacturing for all BRP activities worldwide.

The Valcourt site has always been recognized as the heart of BRP’s innovation. It is its global knowledge centre thanks to the synergy between the Design & Innovation Centre, the Product Development Centre and manufacturing operations. Ultimately, the goal of the planned investments is to maintain the competitiveness of the Valcourt plant through a complete transformation and modernization in order to optimize its manufacturing infrastructure and logistics. This modernizing process is designed to promote modularity in design, manufacturing and assembly. In addition, it will facilitate the end-to-end development of new concepts together with the design and engineering departments.

“With these investments, BRP aims to provide its Eastern Townships facilities with cutting-edge tools and technologies to further increase its efficiency and its talent in terms of innovation, engineering and manufacturing, all while keeping quality jobs in Quebec,” said BRP’s President and CEO José Boisjoli.

An overhaul of working methods
In addition to the announced investments, BRP’s Valcourt production site will review all its work methods to make them more flexible and agile, as well as the working conditions of its employees in technical and administrative sectors. A comprehensive analysis performed as part of this investment project has shown that many BRP employee groups in Quebec have a higher salary than those of competitors in North America or comparable Quebec companies outside Montréal.

Faced with this situation and wanting to maintain quality jobs in the long term, management announced a three-to five-year pay freeze for all employees working in manufacturing and in technical and administrative sectors, representing 60% of BRP staff working in Valcourt. This pay freeze will take effect from the next fiscal year, beginning on February 1, 2016.

“In recent years, globalization and the growing pressure of the competition in our markets have led us to relocate a number of our operations to Mexico. These same factors are urging us today to make an in-depth review of our methods. In order for us to have the necessary agility to remain competitive and consolidate the role of our Centre of expertise in design, research, development and manufacturing operations in Valcourt, and to ensure that our investments generate the anticipated benefits, they must be accompanied by an overhaul of our working conditions in areas where market deviations are too great,” said Boisjoli to employees gathered in a meeting today.

The implementation of this investment plan will begin in early 2016 with the installation of new ultramodern production equipment for the Can-Am Spyder and Ski-Doo assembly lines.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.5 billion from 107 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,600 people worldwide.  www.brp.com   @BRPnews

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Can-Am 500 to Headline November 2016 NASCAR Weekend at Phoenix International Raceway

16 11 2015

Powersports leader announced as sponsor of PIR’s fall semifinal race in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

PHOENIX, AZ – November 16, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The November 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) will be known as the Can-Am 500, continuing the brand’s expansion into racing sponsorship. The race is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.

“We are thrilled to partner with BRP to present the Can-Am 500 next November,” said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. “There is a tremendous affinity for outdoor powersports among NASCAR fans, particularly in the desert southwest, that makes this a fantastic fit. The passion, energy and excitement synonymous with the Can-Am brand will be on full display throughout the Can-Am 500 race weekend as the Chase for the Sprint Cup comes to Phoenix.”

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The Can-Am brand, owned by BRP, manufacturer of world-renowned motorized recreational vehicles and engines, will serve as the title sponsor for the popular race on Veterans’ Day weekend. It will bookend a year of motorsports activity for the powersports leader, as the company will also serve as the title sponsor of the 2016 Can-Am Duel At Daytona on Feb. 18.

“BRP’s products provide superior performance and adventure, which is a perfect fit for being part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with NASCAR fans in Arizona, so many of which are fervent outdoor enthusiasts,” said Anne Bélec, senior vice-president, Global Brand and Strategy. “This is a great time for BRP to participate in NASCAR when the breadth of the Can‑Am offering is growing exponentially. Our CEO, José Boisjoli, has promised new off-road models every six months and this is a great way to ensure maximum visibility for the Can-Am brand.”

With Can-Am ATVs, side-by-side vehicles and Spyder roadsters, BRP is carrying on a long tradition of performance. More than 30 years ago, the world discovered the Can-Am brand through its revolutionary motocross bikes, and its legend and winning spirit live on – with passion and exhilaration.

The fall race at PIR has sold out in each of the last five years; and under the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, PIR’s semifinal race in the Chase is the last of the Eliminator round and will determine the final four drivers that will fight for the championship the following weekend.

In order to secure tickets for the Can-Am 500 early, fans can purchase a 2016 NASCAR season ticket, which includes the Good Sam 500 race weekend on March 12-13. Tickets can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223).

About Phoenix International Raceway

Since 1964, Phoenix International Raceway has been the premier motorsports venue in the Southwest. Founded as an open-wheel racing mecca, PIR will host the Phoenix Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series race under the lights on Saturday night, April 2. Phoenix is the only track in the West to have two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends a year and will kick off its 2016 NASCAR season with the Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend in March followed by the Can-Am 500, the semifinal race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in November.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.5 billion from 107 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,600 people worldwide. www.brp.com      @BRPnews

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BRP’s Can-Am Off-Road Racers Dominate GNCC Racing Season with Six Championships

13 11 2015

VALCOURT, QUEBEC, CANADA – November 13, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – BRP’s Can-Am brand dominated during this year’s Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) racing season, bringing home six titles, including a repeat of the prestigious GNCC XC1 Pro SxS and 4×4 ATV Pro class championships.

  • Maverick 1000R Pilot Kyle Chaney Repeats as GNCC XC1 Pro SxS Champion
  • Can-Am Renegade Racer Bryan Buckhannon Wins Another 4×4 Pro Class Title
  • Tim Farr Wins GNCC Finale in Can-Am Maverick 1000R

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Can-Am Maverick 1000R pilot Kyle Chaney (No. 1) won the 2015 GNCC XC1 Pro SxS Championship.
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“It’s extremely difficult to repeat as GNCC champion, but Maverick 1000R side-by-side pilot Kyle Chaney and Renegade X xc 800R racer Bryan Buckhannon took full advantage of the unmatched capabilities of their Can-Am vehicles to defend their XC1 Pro SxS and 4×4 Pro ATV championships,” said Bernard Guy, BRP vice-president, regional general manager, North America. “These prestigious Pro class titles, and several 2015 GNCC amateur championships, highlight that our Can-Am vehicles offer industry-leading performance, exceptional reliability and remain the vehicle of choice for racing enthusiasts.”

Chaney, who also recorded two regional racing championships this season, kept up his winning ways in 2015 by securing the 2015 XC1 Pro SxS class title with a strong fourth-place finish at the final round of the GNCC series. Chaney, with six total wins in 12 rounds over a two-year span, now has two consecutive championships behind the wheel of his TurnKey UTV / Fox Shocks / Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle.

Can-Am Maverick 1000R XC1 Pro class racers swept the top four overall spots in the class on the year to reinforce the vehicle’s class-leading performance. Tim Farr won the final two XC1 Pro SxS class events in his Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle to ensure BRP’s Can-Am brand won all six rounds in 2015 and 10 of the last 12 rounds over the past two seasons.

Can-Am Renegade X xc 800R ATV racer Bryan Buckhannon saved his best performance for last, outlasting 10 other 4×4 Pro class riders to record his third victory of the year and the 2015 championship. Buckhannon put the Rotax engine-powered Renegade ATV, the industry’s most race-ready 4×4 with unmatched durability and performance, on the podium at all 13 events to earn his second consecutive class championship, despite facing his stiffest competition yet.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.5 billion from 107 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,600 people worldwide.  www.brp.com  @BRPnews

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BRP Recalls Youth All-Terrain Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard

7 10 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 7, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

RECALL SUMMARY

Name of product: Youth Model Can-Am all-terrain vehicles

Hazard: The fuel filter can break and leak, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: BRP toll-free at 888-272-9222 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.can-am.brp.com, click on “Off Road,” then “Owners,” “Safety” and then “Safety Recalls.”

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RECALL DETAILS

Units: About 240

Description: This recall is for the model years 2015 and 2016 Youth Model Can-Am TMDS 90TM and DS 90TMX® ATVs. The recalled vehicles have an engine size of 90 cubic centimeters. The vehicles came in black and yellow. “Can-Am DS” and the engine size are painted in white on both sides of the vehicle’s fairing. “Can-Am” appears in white letters on both sides of the seat.

Incidents/Injuries:  BRP has received eight reports of the fuel filter breaking and leaking at dealerships. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact a BRP dealer to schedule a free repair. BRP is notifying registered consumers directly about this recall.

Sold at: Can-Am dealers nationwide from May 2015 through September 2015 for between $2,800 and $3,800.

Importer(s): BRP US Inc., of Sturtevant, Wis.

Manufactured in: Vietnam

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to help ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

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