Two Polaris ATV Recalls Issued Over Steering, Fire Problems

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.

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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.

3 Comments

  • JulieJuly 21, 2021 at 4:23 am

    2021 rzr 900 ultimate. Eps failure. Also a problem. Only after 6 days of delivery. Why ?.If eps a problem why are they still selling it

  • eduardoAugust 21, 2020 at 9:28 am

    A bit tired of the failures on the RZR's. Bearings survive about 4000 kms end have to change them. Central transmission bearing about the same, all 2 seaters have had fuelpumps changed by now (some even more than once), as on longer 2h rides with ambient temperatures over 30ºC they break down. Not a single one has survived, except the 4 seaters. I own 10 machines here in spain: 900S, rzr4 1000'[Show More]A bit tired of the failures on the RZR's. Bearings survive about 4000 kms end have to change them. Central transmission bearing about the same, all 2 seaters have had fuelpumps changed by now (some even more than once), as on longer 2h rides with ambient temperatures over 30ºC they break down. Not a single one has survived, except the 4 seaters. I own 10 machines here in spain: 900S, rzr4 1000's and rzr4 900's. The oldest one aprox 3 years old and newest one about 7 months. I now have a new issue: 2 machines with same powersteering failure (dead and not working), and ofcourse over the 2year warranty period.. Not under warranty they say and are asking me +2000€ (rough 2300USD EACH) to get them replaced. Something unadmittable on machines for what they cost. All machines under the 16.000kms (rough 12000miles). We also have a couple of CFMoto Zforces and NO problems with them, and they do the same touristic, guided tours. As having spendt over 200.000 USD on RZR machines in the last couple of years I'd expect some kind of an excuse and solution on behalf of polaris at least...

  • DenisOctober 1, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I have a 2015 sportsman 1000xp limited edition and first problem i had was my 4x4 want to engage while its on 2wd mode and dealer told me in winter time to keep it on 4x4 since i broke the front diff twice ....i never heard that before from any other quad brand its a very poor design and polaris it doesn't seem like they will offer to fix it...another problem i had is power steering let go and it[Show More]I have a 2015 sportsman 1000xp limited edition and first problem i had was my 4x4 want to engage while its on 2wd mode and dealer told me in winter time to keep it on 4x4 since i broke the front diff twice ....i never heard that before from any other quad brand its a very poor design and polaris it doesn't seem like they will offer to fix it...another problem i had is power steering let go and its very dangerous cuz all in sudden your driving then the handlebar swerve to right or will do same sometime on left can't predict when its going to happen also ....its been the second time now it happen to me....anyone had this problem before ?? I don't risk to drive it anymore cuz its a pure hazard with power steering problems ...

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