Media Advisory - Update: Important Snowmobile Safety Information



    OTTAWA, March 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Based on updated model information
provided by the manufacturer, Transport Canada and snowmobile manufacturer,
BRP, of Valcourt, Québec are actively investigating three incidents of
explosions followed by fires involving the fuel system on the following
snowmobiles:

    - Skandic SWT V-800 Yellow - 2007 (Model Number: 000FP7B00)
    - Skandic SWT V-800 Yellow - 2008 (Model Number: 000LS8B00
    - Skandic SUV 600HO SDI Black - 2008 (Model Number: 000FB8H00)

    This clarification by BRP removes the Expedition SUV SDI 600 model
identified in the original media advisory and adds the 2008 Skandic SUV 600HO
SDI model.
    Two of the snowmobiles that incurred fire damage have 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 factual 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 model
      vehicles be parked and not started until there is an adequate
      understanding of the cause of these fires/explosions.

    - Consumers who may have experienced a fire or explosion event with their
      snowmobile should contact Transport Canada's office of defect
      investigations as soon as possible at 1-800-333-0510.

    - For further information, BRP has set-up a special hotline to assist you
      in answering questions about the media advisory. The toll-free hotline
      number is 1-866-767-0707.

    - BRP has issued notification letters to dealers and owners of record
      advising that until the root cause of the reported incidents are
      identified, customers are to follow Transport Canada's recommendations
      concerning the usage of the snowmobiles.
    

    The investigation is progressing, however no definitive conclusions have
been reached. The investigation involves complex technical analyses,
addressing product, fuel and environmental conditions. While it is premature
to arrive at any specific conclusions, preliminary results, to date, do not
suggest that the fuel is the singular factor in these reported incidents.
    This situation entails a rare event that is associated with elevated risk
of injury and owner operators need to take this into consideration.
    Transport Canada will keep Canadians advised on any additional
recommendations or determinations based on the investigation.




For further information:

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


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