Polaris Sportsman 850, 1000 ATV Recall Issued Amid Reports of Fires, Burns

Nearly 20,000 Polaris all-terrain vehicles have been recalled, following hundreds of reports that suggest the protective heat shield may melt, which may result in a fire or pose a serious burn risk for riders. 

The Polaris Sportsman ATV recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on March 21, following at least 793 consumer complaints of problems with melting heat shield guards. In addition, the agency has received at least 47 reports of fires, including a number of burn injuries.

The large number of fire, burn and overheating reports is concerning for vehicle owners, since typically only a fraction of all problems with recreational vehicles are ever officially reported.

Did You Know?

AT&T Data Breach Impacts Millions of Customers

More than 73 million customers of AT&T may have had their names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and other information released on the dark web due to a massive AT&T data breach. Lawsuits are being pursued to obtain financial compensation.

Learn More

The problem appears to affect the heat shield panel on the right side of the vehicles, causing them to overheat and melt, posing burn and fire hazards to riders and occupants.

According to the CPSC, certain models included in the recall are also subject to exhaust leaks that may pose fire and burn hazards due to the potential for the exhaust springs to stretch and damage the exhaust steel.

The recall includes all model year 2015 and 2016 Polaris Sportsman 850 and 1000 all-terrain vehicles. The vehicles were sold in several colors and have the brand name “Polaris” printed on the front grill and “Sportsman 850” or “Sportsman 1000” printed on the side of the steering column.

For a full list of all of the recalled model numbers and colors the all-terrain vehicles were sold in, please visit the CPSC recall notice linked above.

Given the heightened number of fire, injury and consumer complaints of the vehicles overheating, officials are urging consumers to stop using the recalled ATV’s immediately.

The vehicles were manufactured in the United States by Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minnesota. They were distributed for sale to Polaris dealers nationwide from May 2014 through March 2017 for between $8,500 and $15,000.

The CPSC recommends that customers stop using the recalled vehicles immediately and contact Polaris Industries at 800-765-2747 or visit them online at www.polaris.com and navigate to the “Off-Road Safety Recalls” link for information on how to schedule a free repair. Polaris has begun contacting registered owners, however customers are being encouraged to check their vehicles to determine whether they are included in the recall.

2 Comments

  • michaelDecember 23, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    i have a 2013 atv 850 sportsman xp and got burned four months ago on my right lower leg. Left a bad burn dark spot on my leg , mine been getting super hot from day one on the right side, i just didn't know it get's so hot to burn my skin all the way off. So tell me way the 2013 models wasn't recalled the 13and 14 is no difference in the two

  • RobertOctober 19, 2020 at 12:03 am

    I have a Polaris atv. Vin 4xazn8ea1ea112842 And the covers on the right side over the exhaust gets extremely hot and you can’t touch it because it’s so hot. I’m worried it might catch fire. I just wanted to inform this page of my issue. It actually melted a small piece on the side of my boot.

Share Your Comments

I authorize the above comments be posted on this page*

Want your comments reviewed by a lawyer?

To have an attorney review your comments and contact you about a potential case, provide your contact information below. This will not be published.

NOTE: Providing information for review by an attorney does not form an attorney-client relationship.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

More Top Stories

BioZorb Lawsuit Alleges Breast Tissue Marker Failed, Requiring Surgical Removal
BioZorb Lawsuit Alleges Breast Tissue Marker Failed, Requiring Surgical Removal (Posted 2 days ago)

A BioZorb lawsuit has been filed by several breast cancer survivors after the BioZorb implants moved out of place and failed to dissolve int he body, requiring surgical removal.

Fairness Hearing For Philips CPAP Recall Medical Monitoring Settlement Set for October
Fairness Hearing For Philips CPAP Recall Medical Monitoring Settlement Set for October (Posted 2 days ago)

A U.S. District Court judge has scheduled a fairness hearing for October in order to determine whether final approval should be granted to a $25 million Philips CPAP recall settlement agreement, which would pay former users $25 million to pay for future medical monitoring needs.