For immediate release
February 29, 2008
Transport Canada and snowmobile manufacturer, BRP, of Valcourt, Québec are actively investigating three incidents of explosions followed by fires involving the fuel system on 2007 and 2008 Skandic SWT V-800 and Expedition SUV SDI 600 snowmobiles. One of the vehicles has been retrieved and brought to Transport Canada's facilities in Ottawa for examination. These incidents have taken place in the area of Rigolet, Labrador, in extreme cold temperatures (below -29°C). No reports of any such incidences have been reported from any other region in Canada.
Recommendation for Consumer Action:
- In the interest of safety Transport Canada recommends that these types of vehicles be parked and not started until there is an adequate understanding of the cause of these fires/explosions.
- If consumers have experienced a fire or explosion event with your snowmobile, it is requested that you contact Transport Canada's office of defect investigations as soon as possible at 1-800-333-0510.
- Transport Canada will keep Canadians advised on any additional recommendations or determinations based on our investigation.
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