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Polaris Recalls Another 55,000 ATVs Because of Burn and Crash Hazards

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Polaris has recently announced two more recalls affecting their all-terrain and ranger recreational vehicles. Together, the new recalls affect about 55,000 vehicles.

On March 21, 2017, the company recalled about 19,200 Sportsman 850 and 1000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) because of burn and fire hazards. These new recalls also involve burn hazards, as well as crash hazards.

Polaris Reports Problems with Heat Shield and Steering Unit

Both recalls were implemented on April 13, 2017. The first affects about 3,800 model year 2017 Sportsman 450, 570, 850, 1000, and Scrambler 1000 ATVs. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the company is recalling the vehicles because the electronic power-steering unit may malfunction, potentially causing the rider to lose control of the vehicle and crash.

The company has received 15 reports of the steering unit malfunctioning. So far, no injuries have been reported. Consumers are advised to stop using the vehicles and to schedule a free repair with Polaris.

The second recall affects about 51,000 model year 2015 Polaris Ranger 900 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The CPSC states that the heat shield can fall off the vehicles during use, posing fire and burn hazards to riders.

The company has received 13 reports involving these vehicles, including five reports of fires, though no injuries have been reported. Again, consumers are advised to stop using the vehicles and schedule a free repair.

More Recalls For Polaris Vehicles

These two recalls are just two more in a long series of recalls that have plagued the company since 2009. That year, the company pulled back about 4,700 Sportsman ATVs because of a valve problem that was causing oil leaks and increasing risk of fires. In 2016, they recalled 53,000 off-road vehicles because of fire dangers caused by fuel leaks.

Later that same year, they recalled another 42,500 vehicles because of burn hazards caused by overheating, and then the recent March 2017 recall of 19,200 vehicles because of burn and fire hazards.

In October, ABC News reported that the company faced a class action lawsuit over their allegedly defective Sportsman ATVs. Plaintiffs claimed that Polaris ATVs built between 2009 and 2016 had an exhaust heat defect that made them dangerous and that the company had known about the problem for years, yet failed to take appropriate action to fix it.

It was just a year ago that the Minnesota Tribune reported on a 15-year-old girl who was severely burned when her Polaris RZR 900 caught fire. Her family had apparently rented the vehicle for a summer holiday. The girl was reportedly driving too fast when she tipped over on a turn. The vehicle caught fire and she suffered burns over 65 percent of her body. She went through multiple surgeries, but couldn’t overcome her injuries. She later died.

The vehicle was later included in a 2016 Polaris recall, and the CPSC blamed the fire hazard on a faulty fuel tank line.

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