Textron Recalls Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail & Sport UTVs

2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail

This 2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail is part of the recall.

Textron Specialized Vehicles, which acquired Arctic Cat earlier this year, has announced the recall of model year 2014 to 2017 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail side-by-sides and model year 2015 to 2017 Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport side-by-sides. Heat from the vehicle’s exhaust can melt the plastic panels behind the operator and passenger seats and pose a fire hazard. The recall involves approximately 14,100 units in the US, 5,300 in Canada and 100 in Mexico of the two seat side-by-sides. Consumers should stop using the vehicles and contact Arctic Cat to schedule a free repair.

This is a large recall compared to what we usually see in the market, which is typically several thousand and less frequently more than 10,000 vehicles. Textron only recently acquired Arctic Cat and is still integrating the business into their Textron Specialized Vehicles division. They are keeping the Arctic Cat name for the Wildcat products under their newly formed Textron Off Road brand. Management is probably not thrilled with this unanticipated and added expense related to the acquisition.

The following are the recall details from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Name of product:  Arctic Cat recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)
Hazard:  Heat from the exhaust can melt the plastic panels behind the operator and passenger seat, posing a fire hazard.
Recall date:  October 27, 2017
Recall number:  18-017
Consumer Contact:  Arctic Cat at 800-279-6851 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.arcticcat.com and click on Product Recall for more information.


Recall Details

Description:  This recall involves all model year 2014 through 2017 Wildcat Trail and 2015 through 2017 Wildcat Sport models of Arctic Cat ROVs. The recalled vehicles were sold in multiple colors, have four wheels and side-by-side seating for two people. “Wildcat Trail” or “Wildcat Sport” is printed on each side of the vehicle.

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ROVs and contact Arctic Cat to schedule a free repair. Arctic Cat is contacting all known purchasers directly. If you need assistance locating an authorized dealer to conduct this repair, contact Arctic Cat.

Incidents/Injuries:  The firm has received 444 reports of the plastic panels melting, with five resulting in fires. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At:  Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from December 2013 through August 2017 for between $10,500 and $19,500.

Manufacturer(s):  Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn., a subsidiary of Textron Specialized Vehicles, of Augusta, Ga.

Manufactured In:  U.S.

Units:  About 14,100 (In addition, 5,300 were sold in Canada and 100 in Mexico)

Learn more:  CPSC.gov

9 thoughts on “Textron Recalls Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail & Sport UTVs

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  2. Any recalls on engine cooling systems..I noticed that the radiator has both water lines are at the top of the radiator…who does that…the output is supposed to be on the bottom preventing air in the lines!!!!

  3. We have had nothing but trouble with our 2017 Wildcat Sport. We had overheating issues though when we brought it in to the dealership was told nothing was wrong. We had issues with the heat shield melting a diner plate size hole between the seats and our machine was in the repair shop for 6 months meanwhile the warranty runs out. Get the machine back in March though our trails do not open until June. Take the machine out and it overheats. We had to direct wire the fan to “on” to keep engine cool to get us back home. Bring it back to dealership and was informed “ oh your warranty has run out”. Not happy at all. Discovered it was a faulty switch! Good luck!

      • He probably meant the fan thermostat not switching it on.. It could be the ECTS engine coolant temperature sensor is bad.
        Probably top of the engine in the back.
        If the fan runs you may have air in the coolant system, low on coolant, clogged radiator bad t-stat. Also check Wildcat forums. Loads of smart guys out there.

  4. There is a Recall on all 2014 Wildcat Trails to replace oil line fittings located at the oil filter area. Do not drive until replaced.

  5. Have had problems with cv shafts clutch blowing belts took to dealership I don’t know how many times because of the problem didn’t get nothing done till clutch exploded didn’t even replace case that had a broken Seal plastic a arm bushings are a poor idea that don’t last also had problems with over heating

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