Honda Motor Co. Recalls TRX500 ATVs

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Honda has voluntarily recalled its 2008 TRX500 ATVs equipped with electric power steering. There is the potential hazard that the ball joints in electric power steering shaft could separate unexpectedly, resulting in the loss of control by the driver.

This model also known as the Honda FourTrax Foreman 4X4, comes in red, white, black, olive, and camouflage, with “Honda” and the wing logo printed on the fuel tank. “TRX500” is printed on the side panel just below the seat.

In a letter recently sent to TRX500 owners, Honda is strongly recommending you do not operate your TRX500 ATV until repairs have been made. Honda is also recommending if you feel any excessive steering looseness or hear noise while riding, stop the vehicle and check the ball joints.

Fortunately there have been no reported injuries or deaths and unlike the Yamaha Rhino, it’s refreshing to see a manufacturer take responsibility for a defect and issue a recall before someone gets hurt.