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Popular ATVs Going Up in Flames

Written by Ankin Law Office

Popular all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) manufactured by Polaris Industries are putting riders at risk for serious injuries and even death. Although the company has recently issued a slew of recalls that involve thousands of ATV and ROVs, many consumers may not be aware of the significant hazards involved with these vehicles. Design and manufacturing defects can cause crashes, burns, and fires that can be extremely dangerous to victims.

Polaris Largest Off-Road Vehicle Recall

In April, the company issued its largest recall yet, and one of the biggest ever announced by an off-road vehicle manufacturer. After more than 160 fires that resulted in about 19 serious injuries including first, second, and third degree burns, and the tragic death of a 15-year old Utah resident, Polaris has issued a recall of approximately 133,000 recreational off-highway vehicles. Some of the company’s most popular models are involved in the recall, including the RZR 900 and RZR 1000 with model years between 2013 and 2016. Consumers can check for off-road product recalls by vehicle identification number or by searching specific models at the company website.

This isn’t the first time this well-known vehicle manufacturer has been in hot water, so to speak. In recent years, the company has been plagued by complaints of numerous safety violations from victims and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). Not long ago, Polaris Industries was forced to pull 25 ATV models because of approximately 800 incidents that involved warped, burned or melted side panels and included 4 severe burns and about 47 fires. A total of about 19,200 ATVs were recalled.

ATV Recalls in Recent Years

With roughly 11 rounds of off-road product recalls in the past two years, Polaris expects to have recalled approximately 325,000 to 350,000 vehicles by the time it’s all said and done. Many more defective products could very well be on the horizon, however. Common reasons for recent recalls include:

  • Defective heat shields known to fall off, warp or melt
  • Fuel leaks and fuel line problems that pose a risk for fire
  • Electronic power steering console malfunctions causing a dangerous crash hazard
  • Misfiring engines that can cause exhaust temperatures to get excessively hot
  • Oil drain line leaks and overheating engines that pose a risk for fire

Owners of Polaris off-road vehicles are urged to check for recalls right away. For those affected, the company offers repairs free of charge.

Categories: Personal Injury