Polaris is once again recalling more vehicles from the market because of potential safety hazards.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced two separate Polaris recalls on April 19, 2018, affecting about 16,500 vehicles. According to Fairwarning.org, the company had already recalled about 600,000 vehicles due to fire risk over the past 12 years.
Polaris Recalls Phoenix 200 ATVs
The first new recall affects about 5,600 Polaris Phoenix 200 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which were manufactured by Aeon Motor Co. of Taiwan and imported and distributed in the U.S. by Polaris. The vehicles were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide between July 2013 and April 2018 for about $3,600 each.
The issue is that the “throttle limiter” (which limits the vehicle’s maximum speed) can fail due to damage during shipping, posing a crash hazard. Polaris has received nine reports of this happening, including one report that resulted in minor injuries.
The recall affects all model year 2014 through 2017 Phoenix 200 ATVs. The name “Polaris” may be stamped on the front grill and on the sides of the ATV seats, and “Phoenix 200” may be stamped on the side panels. The vehicles were sold in either blue or gray. Consumers may be able to find the model number on the vehicle frame, and should look for the following numbers:
Polaris has instructed consumers to contact their dealers for a free repair. Consumers may also call the company at 800-765-2747 or check online at http://www.polaris.com/ and click on “Off Road Safety Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information. Customers may also check the VIN on the “Product Safety Recalls” page.
Polaris Recalls Nearly 11,000 Ranger XP ROVs
The second recall affects about 10,900 Polaris 2016 Ranger XP 900 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). These were manufactured by Polaris Industries in the U.S. and distributed by the company. Polaris dealers nationwide sold these units between April 2016 and April 2018 for between $12,000 and $20,000.
The issue is that the center seat belt bracket can separate from the frame, posing an injury hazard to riders. Polaris has received five reports of insufficient welds of this bracket to the frame, identified by dealers during vehicle setup inspection procedures. No incidences or injuries have been reported.
The recall affects model year 2016 and 2017 Ranger XPs sold in a variety of colors. They may have “Polaris” printed on the front grill, “XP” on the front fenders, and “RANGER” on the rear fenders. The VIN may be printed on a label on the driver-side frame, between the cargo box and the left rear tire.
Polaris has instructed consumers to contact their dealers for a free inspection of the weld, and a repair if needed. Customers can also contact the company via the information provided above.
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