Nearly 55,000 Polaris all-terrain vehicles (ATV) are impacted by two separate recalls, due to risks that the off-road vehicles may catch on fire or lose power steering while in use.
The two Polaris ATV recalls were announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on April 13, indicating that certain models may lose electronic power steering, potentially leading to an accident or loss of control of the vehicle. Additional models may be at risk of catching on fire, due to the heat shield loosening and falling off.
According to the manufacturer, at least 13 consumer reports have been received where the heat shields detached from certain models, resulting in five fires without occupants sustaining any injuries. The manufacturer indicates that it has also received at least 15 reports of certain model off-road vehicles losing electronic power steering while is use, also not resulting in any injuries to date.
The Polaris heat shield recall affects an estimated 51,000 model year 2015 Polaris XP 900, XP 900 EPS, and CREW 900 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) that were sold in a variety of colors and have either three or six seating capacities. The recalled ROVs have the model number “900” printed on the hood and the model name “Ranger” printed on the rear cargo box. Customers may locate the vehicle identification number (VIN) printed on the frame on the driver’s side towards the rear of the vehicle.
The recalled Polaris 900 series models were manufactured in the U.S. and Mexico by Polaris Industries Inc. of Medina, Minnesota where they were distributed to Polaris dealers nationwide from April 2014 through March 2017 for between $13,000 and $21,300.
The Polaris electronic power steering recall includes an estimated 3,800 model year 2017 Sportsman 450, 570, 850, 1000, and Scrambler 1000 model ATVs that were sold in a variety of colors and have the brand name “Polaris” printed on the front grill and the “Sportsman” or “Scrambler” series with corresponding model number printed on the side of the steering column. The vehicles model number can be found on the fuel tank cover.
The recalled Polaris Sportsman and Scrambler models were manufactured in the United States under Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minnesota where they were distributed for sale at Polaris dealers nationwide from September 2016 through March 2017 for between $6,900 and $13,300.
Customers are being asked to stop using the recalled ROVs and ATVs immediately and contact Polaris directly 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 appointment at their local Polaris dealer.