According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Yamaha has recalled a small number of Viper snowmobiles that have the Yamaha-approved turbo kit installed by Yamaha dealers. A total of 400 SR Viper 2016 Model Year snowmobiles are being recalled due to crash and fire hazards. Yamaha has received 40 reports of engine damage due to the turbocharge overboost. No injuries have been reported.
The recall involves model year 2016 SR10 SR Viper snowmobiles in several colors, which were sold by Yamaha snowmobile dealers nationwide from August 2015 through April 2016 for between $12,800 and $14,100. (For a complete list of recalled models, click here.) None of the previous model years or non-turbo Viper models were affected. The recalled models are those equipped with the aftermarket turbo accessory at Yamaha snowmobile dealers nationwide from March 2015 through September 2016 for about $3,300.
The recall revolves around the connecting rod in the motor for a very small number of Viper machines with the added turbo. The actual turbo unit is unaffected.
A consumer will find the sled's model name printed on the left and right side of the front cowling. The vehicle identification number (VIN) and the model number are stamped on the frame (tunnel) near the right foot-well. The letter G in the 10th position of the VIN number indicates that the unit was made in the 2016 model year.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled snowmobiles and contact a local Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair. Yamaha is contacting all registered owners directly.
For more info, contact Yamaha at 800-962-7926 anytime or visit its website: www.yamahamotorsports.com.