Polaris recall affects Sportsman 850 and 1000 ATVs with significant fire hazard; almost 800 incidents reported

Recall ATV Polaris 270x210 Polaris recall affects Sportsman 850 and 1000 ATVs with significant fire hazard; almost 800 incidents reportedAlmost 20,000 Sportsman 850 and 1000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are now under recall by Polaris and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The Polaris recall notice states that the vehicles’ right side panel heat shield may melt. There is also a second issue with the 2015 Sportsman 1000 ATVs where the exhaust springs can stretch and cause damage to the exhaust seals, resulting in exhaust leaks.

The Polaris recall involves all Polaris Sportsman 850 and 1000 model ATVs from the 2015 and 2016 model years. The “Polaris” logo can be found printed along the front grill while either “Sportsman 850” or “Sportsman 1000” can found printed on the side of the steering column. Sold in a variety of colors, the recalled ATVs’ model number is located on the fuel tank cover.

The following Sportsman model combinations are affected by this Polaris recall:

Model Year Model Number Model/Color
2015 A15SXA85AJ Sportsman 850 White Lightning
2015 A15SXA85AA Sportsman 850 Sage Green
2015 A15SXA85AC Sportsman 850 Polaris Pursuit Camo
2015 A15SXE85AS Sportsman 850 SP Sunset Red
2015 A15SXE85AM Sportsman 850 SP Titanium Matte Metallic
2015 A15SYE85AS Sportsman Touring 850 SP Sunset Red
2015 A15SYE85AV Sportsman Touring 850 SP Blue Fire
2015 A15SXE95AW Sportsman XP 1000 Matte White Le
2015 A15SXE95AK Sportsman XP 1000 SP Black Pearl Metallic
2015 A15SXE95AC Sportsman XP 1000 Polaris Pursuit Camo
2015 A15SYE95AX Sportsman Touring XP 1000 Bronze Mist
2015 A15SXL95AM Sportsman XP 1000 Titanium Matte Metallic
2015 A15SYL95AP Sportsman XP 1000 Touring White Pearl Metal
2016 A16SXA85A2 Sportsman 850 White Lightning
2016 A16SXA85A1 Sportsman 850 Sage Green
2016 A16SXA85A9 Sportsman 850 Polaris Pursuit® Camo
2016 A16SXE85AB Sportsman 850 SP Velocity Blue
2016 A16SXE85AS Sportsman 850 SP Sunset Red
2016 A16SXN85A3 Sportsman 850 High Lifter Edition
2016 A16SXE85AM Sportsman 850 SP Titanium Matte Metallic
2016 A16SYE85AS Sportsman Touring 850 SP Sunset Red
2016 A16SXE95AG Sportsman XP 1000 Matte Sagebrush Green
2016 A16SXE95AR Sportsman XP 1000 Havasu Red Pearl
2016 A16SXD95A9 Sportsman XP 1000 Hunter Edition
2016 A16SYE95AK Sportsman Touring XP 1000 Black Pearl
2016 A16SXM95AL Sportsman XP 1000 High Lifter Edition
2016 A16SYE95AP Sportsman Touring XP 1000 Pearl White Le

Before the Sportsman ATV recall was announced, Polaris learned of at least 793 incidents where the side panels either warped, melted or burned during use. Out of the 793 incidents, only 47 fires and four minor burn injuries were reported.

From May 2014 through March 2017, the recalled ATVs were sold for between $8,500 and $15,000 by authorized Polaris dealers across the nation. The recalled ATVs were manufactured in the U.S.

If you or a loved one owns one or more of the recalled ATVs, Polaris and CPSC urge you to stop using the ATV until you have contacted Polaris to schedule a free repair. Polaris is already contacting all known purchasers directly regarding its recall.

For more information on the Sportsman ATV recall and how to schedule you free repair, contact Polaris at 800-765-2747 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at and click on “Off-Road Safety Recalls.”

Source: CPSC