Federal safety officials have announced two separate Polaris recalls impacting recreational and off-road vehicles, due to problems that may cause the vehicles to experience frame separation and throttle failure, resulting in recommendations that owners stop using the vehicles.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued the recalls after several consumer reports were received involving problems with Polaris ATV (all-terrain vehicles) and ROV (recreational off-highway vehicles), including some instances that resulted in injuries.
A Polaris Phoenix 200 ATV recall was announced after at least nine reports of the throttle limiter becoming damaged during use, resulting in at least one ATV accident, with minor injuries to an occupant.
The recall includes about 5,600 model year 2014 through 2017 Phoenix 200 ATVs, which are marked with model numbers A14PB20AF, A15YAP20AF, A16YAP20AF and A17YAP20A8. The vehicles were sold in blue and gray and have the name brand “Polaris” stamped on the front grill as well as the model name “Phoenix 200” stamped on the side panels.
The vehicles were manufactured in Taiwan under Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minnesota. They were shipped to licensed Polaris dealers nationwide from July 2013 through April 2018 for around $3,600.
The CPSC also announced A Polaris Ranger XP ROV recall on the same day, following five consumer complaints of insufficient welds of the center seat belt bracket to the vehicle frame.
According to the recall notice, the center seat bracket has the potential to separate from the frame due to the insufficient weld, posing an injury and crash hazard to riders.
That recall includes an estimated 10,900 model year 2016 through 2017 Polaris Ranger ROVs that were sold in a variety of colors with the brand “Polaris” and the model name “Ranger” printed on the front grill and fenders. For a full list of the recall model numbers please visit the CPSC recall notice.
The recalled ATVs and ROVs were manufactured in the United States under Polaris Industries of Medina, Minnesota. They were distributed for sale to licensed Polaris dealers nationwide from April 2016 to April 2018 for between $12,000 and $20,000.
Polaris is urging owners of both the Phoenix 200 ATVs and the Ranger ROVs to stop using them immediately and to contact the manufacturer at 800-865-2747 or visit them online at www.polaris.com and navigate to the “Off Road Safety Recalls” tab for information on how to schedule a free inspection and repair at your local Polaris dealer.