Media Advisory - Important Snowmobile Safety Information



    OTTAWA, Feb. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - 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 -29degreesC). 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 located in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Rigolet area 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.
    




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations, (613) 993-0055


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