For those who own a Polaris ATV vehicle, getting stuck in the mud might not be a worry—but catching fire might now top your list of concerns. On July 23, 2017, the company issued a recall on all RZR 170 vehicles, mainly aimed at young riders, which were manufactured during the 2015, 2016 and 2017 model years. Involving over 16,800 ATVs, this marks the eighth recall for the manufacturer in just five months—the third in the last week alone.
The most recent problem involves two reported issues that could ultimately combine for an extremely unsafe situation: the plastic fuel tank neck is prone to cracking, creating a fuel leak; and the wiring harness can short circuit, causing a fire hazard. To date, Polaris states that there have been only 102 reports of leaking fuel and 28 reports of shorted wires—which includes four reports of an actual fire. Fortunately, no one has been injured in any of the incidents.
In addition to leaking fuel and melting wires, the 60-year-old company is also warning other product owners of potential steering and brake failures due to design and manufacturing issues. If you are concerned about a Polaris product, you can check for any outstanding recalls here.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.