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From Products Liability Law Daily, October 6, 2015

Polaris recalls ROVs due to potential for fuel leak

By John Dumoulin

Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minnesota, has recalled an estimated 53,000 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROV) because the vehicles’ fuel tank vent line can be misrouted, causing it to become pinched. This can cause the fuel tank to pressurize and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 16-702, October 6, 2015).

Incidents and injuries. Polaris has received four reports of RZR 900s with fuel leaks and two reports of the vehicles catching on fire, one of which included a minor burn injury to a consumer. The company received 25 reports of RZR 1000s with fuel leaks. No injuries have been reported for RZR 1000s.

Product description. This recall involves the following model year 2015 Polaris RZR recreational off-highway vehicles (ROV): RZR 900, RZR S 900, RZR 900 XC, RZR 4 900, RZR XP 1000, and RZR XP4 1000 recreational off-highway vehicles. RZR 900s were sold in black, camouflage, red, and white color schemes. RZR 900s have a “900” decal on the right and left front fenders and a “RZR” decal on the right and left rear fenders. RZR 1000s were sold in black, blue, green, orange, red, and white color schemes. RZR 1000s have a “1000 HO” decal on the right and left front fenders and a “RZR” decal on the right and left rear fenders. Model names and Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) for RZR 900 and 1000 vehicles that are being recalled can be found here. The VIN is on the driver’s side rear frame tube, behind the PVT cover. Not all VINs in the ranges are included in this recall. A complete list of recalled vehicles including VINs is available at www.polaris.com.

These vehicles, which were manufactured in the United States and Mexico, were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from July 2014 through August 2015. Polaris RZR 900s sold for about $12,800 to $18,300. Polaris RZR 1000s sold for about $20,300 to $23,500.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using the recalled vehicles immediately and contact their local Polaris dealer to schedule a free repair. Polaris is contacting its customers directly and sending a recall letter to each registered owner.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Polaris toll-free at 888-704-5290 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.polaris.com and click on Product Safety Recalls.

Companies: Polaris Industries Inc.

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