Polaris has recalled thousands more ATVs because of potential fire hazards. Two separate recalls implemented in July affect RZR and Sportsman 570 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Consumers are encouraged to take their machines in for free repairs.
Polaris Recalls Thousands of Vehicles Due to Fire Hazards
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris recalled about 25,600 Sportsman 570 ATVs on July 19, 2017. Fuel may leak into the headlight pod, creating fuel leak and fire hazards. Polaris has received 30 reports of fuel leaks and four incidents involving a fire. So far, no injuries have been reported.
The recall affects 2014 model year 570 ATVs that were sold in several colors from April 2014 through May 2017 for between $6,500 and $7,700. The company has instructed consumers to stop using the machines and contact their local Polaris dealers to schedule free repairs.
The CPSC also reported that on July 25, 2017, Polaris recalled 16,800 RZR 170 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The fuel tank neck may crack or the wiring harness overheat or short circuit, posing fuel leak and fire hazards. The company has received 102 reports of cracked fuel tank necks and 28 reports of burning, smoking, melted and/or shorted wires, and four reports of fires. So far, no injuries have been reported.
This recall affects model year 2015 through 2017 youth RZR 170 ROVs. These machines have two seats and were sold between February 2015 and July 2017 in colors red, blue, and white for between $4,600 and $4,800. Again, consumers are encouraged to stop using the machines and contact their Polaris dealers for free repairs.
Polaris Dealing with a Line of Recalls Because of Fuel Leaks
These recalls seem to be “business as usual” for the ATV company. Last year reports tied Polaris RZR vehicles to more than 160 fires, resulting in 19 injuries and the death of a 15-year-old girl in Utah, according to a report in the Star Tribune. Investigations blamed the fire hazards on the RZR’s fuel tank line, which when “pinched,” could create pressure on the tank that would result in fuel leaks.
Polaris recalled 133,000 of the vehicles linked to these types of issues and said that repairs would solve the problem, but there are now more recalls because of the fuel leaks and fire hazards. In March of this year (2017), the company again recalled 19,000 ATVs following reports of more than 45 fires.
Vehicles affected by that recall included model years 2015 and 2016 Sportsman 850 and 1000 ATVs. The problem was that the side panel heat shield could melt, posing burn and fire hazards. The company received nearly 800 reports of incidents.
“Because Polaris is having these problems over and over again,” reported Rich Duprey in The Motley Fool, “despite devoting significant resources to fixing them at a substantial cost of the business, it means the manufacturing defects are not a thing of the past, as management has suggested.”
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