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we were there for both. saw the commotion at montague, and waited out the chopper at talbots . different stuff for sure. usually high speed, alcohol, inexperience, etc. wait , the second sounds like inexperience.
 

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Broken steering

Many years ago a friend had a 2001 SRX and flipped it over which bent the handle bars down. At the time he fixed it by bending them back up. Some time later we were on a trip in Quebec and the bars broke off in his hands. No crash but the root cause was the first bend followed by the re-bending back up. One a crack happens its a matter of time before they break. Not saying this happened here but It reminded me of a real situation. By the way we got the SRX to a town and welded up the steering shaft and rode it the rest of the trip.
 

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i wondered about this
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

Units: About 50,500

Manufacturer: Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn.

Hazard: The steering shaft used on certain 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Arctic Cat snowmobiles can fail at the steering shaft/steering arm attachment. This could cause a loss of steering control of the vehicle, and result in injury or death.

Incidents/Injuries: Arctic Cat has received 42 reports relating to loss of steering control on the recalled Arctic Cat model snowmobiles. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled steering shafts were installed on the following models:

- All 2002 440 Sno Pro Models

- All 2003 Firecat 500/600/700, Firecat 700 Sno Pro, and 440 Sno Pro Models

- All 2004 Firecat 500/600/700 (STD and Sno Pro), and Sabercat 500/600/700 Models

- All 2005 Firecat 500/600/700 (STD and Sno Pro), M5,M6,M7, and Sabercat 500/600/700 Models

- All 2006 Crossfire 600/700, Firecat 500/600/700, Firecat 700 Sno Pro, Sabercat 500/600/700, and all M-Series
 

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Wow! Are you kidding me?!? A recall on steering?!?
 

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i wondered about this
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

Units: About 50,500

Manufacturer: Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn.

Hazard: The steering shaft used on certain 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Arctic Cat snowmobiles can fail at the steering shaft/steering arm attachment. This could cause a loss of steering control of the vehicle, and result in injury or death.

Incidents/Injuries: Arctic Cat has received 42 reports relating to loss of steering control on the recalled Arctic Cat model snowmobiles. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled steering shafts were installed on the following models:

- All 2002 440 Sno Pro Models

- All 2003 Firecat 500/600/700, Firecat 700 Sno Pro, and 440 Sno Pro Models

- All 2004 Firecat 500/600/700 (STD and Sno Pro), and Sabercat 500/600/700 Models

- All 2005 Firecat 500/600/700 (STD and Sno Pro), M5,M6,M7, and Sabercat 500/600/700 Models

- All 2006 Crossfire 600/700, Firecat 500/600/700, Firecat 700 Sno Pro, Sabercat 500/600/700, and all M-Series
The sled in the accident does fall under the recall...
Perhaps contact the LC Sheriff so they can possibly inform the rider?
 

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2005 sabercat

Had a 2005 SaberCat 500

Yea had the recall done and never had a problem with it
When you get a notice follow thru in getting it done no matter what the product is
 
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The second accident, where the acceleration of the machine caused her to panic and abandon the snowmobile, reminds me of a few years ago in Letchworth. We were following a couple moving at a snail's pace, which is fine, except she was also riding in the center and left side of the trail, making a pass unsafe. So we pulled over to enjoy the scenery and let them get far ahead of us (hoping they would take a break on the side of the trail) and we could pass them then.

Unbeknown to us, somewhere near the South of the park, they turned around and headed back North towards us. Well, we came around a "blind" corner to the far right side of the trail, as we already saw him and were anticipating the "center" queen in tow. Well she sees us coming towards her, on our side of the trail, of course she is in the center of the trail, so she just jumps off of the sled and dives face first onto the trail. So we stop, and look at the guy leading her, and he just shakes his head and waves us to keep on going.

My point is, some people just do not belong on a power sports vehicle or driving any vehicle for that matter.
 

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good point. even the slowest sleds are dangerous. inexperience can cause you great harm. anyone bailing out riding a sled has not ridden, and has been shown nothing. certainly taking someone green like that on a saturday at the hill is asking for it. even experienced riders are riding defensive all day. one lazy corner can do it. saturday can send someone away with the wrong impression of tug hill. be smart, take the green riders on wednesday. that will leave an impression .
 
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