Product Liability

Polaris recalls Sportsman ATVs for possible loss of steering

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission announced a recall of about 8,500 Polaris all-terrain vehicles for defects that may pose a crash hazard. According to the CPSC, Polaris Industries of Medina, Minn., has received 19 reports of incidents involving the recalled 2009 and 2010 model-year ATVs.

Polaris says that the front suspension on the recalled vehicles can separate from the steering knuckle, which causes the driver to lose the ability to steer the vehicle and could lead to serious injury or death if not corrected. No injuries have been reported as a result of the defect.

Vehicles included in the recall are the 2009 Sportsman XP 550, 2009 Sportsman XP 550 EPS, 2010 Sportsman 550, 2010 Sportsman X2 550, 2010 Sportsman Touring 550, 2009-2010 Sportsman XP 850, 2009-2010 Sportsman XP 850 EPS, and 2010 Sportsman Touring 850.

Only vehicles with certain VIN numbers in the group are affected by the recall. The CPSC advises owners of the recalled models to locate the VIN number and manufacture date on the frame rail next to the shock on the front right side of the vehicle. Vehicle owners should then contact their local Polaris dealer to see if their VIN number is subject to the recall.

The recalled ATVs were sold by Polaris dealerships throughout the nation from February 2009 through November 2009.

The CPSC urges owners of the affected models to stop using their ATVs immediately. If the vehicle is confirmed by the dealership to be defective, the owner is entitled to a free repair.

For more information on the recall, contact Polaris toll-free at (888) 704-5290 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Mon. through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.polarisindustries.com.