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Polaris Industries has implemented yet another recall of their all-terrain vehicles. This time, there seems to be a problem with the steering wheel shaft, which can shift and detach while in use, increasing the risk of a crash.

Polaris Recalls 19,000 Units Due to Crash Danger

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) the recall was announced on October 30, 2017, and affects Polaris General side-by-side recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The recall includes about 19,000 units manufactured in the U.S. and in Mexico and sold nationwide.

The company has advised consumers to stop using the model years 2016 and 2017 two and four-seat side-by-side products and to contact their Polaris dealers for free repairs. The vehicles were sold in multiple colors, have “Polaris” printed on the front grill, “General” printed on the rear panel, “1000” printed on the front panel, and have a cargo box on the back.

Prior to the recall, Polaris received five reports of the steering shaft separating and one report of a broken hand injury. Consumers can call the company at 800-765-2747 or contact them online.

Polaris Regularly Recalling ROVs

This is one of many recalls issued by Polaris because of design and manufacturing defects that can increase the risk of crashes or fire and burn dangers. On October 17, 2017, the company recalled all model years 2014 through 2016 Polaris ACE 325 ROVs because of problems with the exhaust header pipe, which could cause fire and burn hazards. That recall affected about 6,300 products.

In August 2017, they recalled 2017 Polaris General Base and General Hunter two-seat, side-by-side ROVs because inconsistent tire pressure information could result in tires that weren’t properly inflated, increasing the risk of a crash. Back in March 2017, the company also recalled the model year 2016 and 2017 Polaris General 1000 ROVs for several reasons:

  • The engine could misfire
  • Temperatures of the exhaust and nearby components could lead to melting of components
  • Contaminated brake master cylinder could lead to brake drag

All of these issues could increase the risk of burns and fire hazards. These are all recalls that were implemented in 2017. There were many more issued in previous years.

ATVs Kill Hundreds Every Year

According to the CPSC’s 2014 report on ATV-related deaths and injuries, there were 13,617 ATV-related fatalities that occurred between 1982 and 2014, with 385 of those occurring in 2014, 547 in 2013, and 574 in 2012. Between 1982 and 2014, there were 3,098 ATV-related fatalities in children younger than 16 (23 percent of the total amount). Of those, 1,342 (43 percent) involved children younger than 12 years of age.

Meanwhile, in 2014 alone, there were an estimated 93,700 ATV-related emergency department-treated injuries in the U.S. An estimated 26 percent of those involved kids younger than 16 years old.

Between 1982 and 2011, the states with the highest number of ATV-related fatalities were Texas, California, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

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