Another recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) recall has set Polaris back nearly 10,000 vehicles with potentially dangerous fire hazards associated with their engines. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that the engine may overheat while its turbo system’s drain tube can loosen, thus creating a serious risk of igniting. Also, approximately 2,230 of these vehicles were previously recalled in December of last year for the same issue.
The Polaris recall singles out all model year 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo and RZR XP 4 Turbo recreational off-highway vehicles sold in either gray, blue, orange and red with two or four seats, as well as a rear box. The “RZR” title can be found on the recalled ROV’s rear box or on the right and left rear fenders, while “Turbo” can be found either on the hood or along the right and left front fenders. Lastly, the name “Polaris” should be stamped on the ROV’s front grill. Every model and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) combination are included in this Polaris recall.
Before the Polaris recall was announced, the company and CPSC learned of 19 incidents involving ROVs catching fire, as well as six reports of burn injuries associated with those fires. During one of the fires, a young child in Utah’s American Fork Canyon suffered severe burn injuries and 15 acres of forest land was destroyed.
From August 2015 through July 2016, the recalled ROVs were sold by Polaris dealers across the nation for between $25,000 and $27,500. The recalled ROVs were manufactured in U.S. and Mexico.
Consumers in possession of one or more of the recalled Polaris ROVs should stop driving the vehicles and contact Polaris to schedule a free repair session. These consumers will also be eligible to receive an extended warranty on each of their repaired RZR Turbo vehicles, as well as a discount towards the purchase of their next Polaris ROV.
For more information on the Polaris recall, contact the company directly at 800-765-2747 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.polaris.com and click on “Off-Road Safety Recalls” on the main page.