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Fire Hazard Prompts Recall of Popular Polaris Off-Road Vehicles


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Each year, Americans purchase upward of 230,000 all-terrain or off-road vehicles. Off-roading is an incredibly popular activity, including here in the North Florida, South Georgia region. But two best-selling models now are off the market after nearly 20 reports of fires.

 

Medina, MN-based Polaris, a leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles as well as snowmobiles and motorcycles, has announced the recall of some 13,000 model year 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo and RZR XP 4 Turbo recreational off-highway vehicles sold nationwide from August 2015 through July 2016 for between $25,000 and $27,500. At issue is a defect that causes the vehicles’ engines to overheat and the turbo systems’ drain tube to loosen, posing a significant fire hazard.

 

At the time of this writing, Polaris officials had received 19 reports of the vehicles catching fire, with six resulting in burn injuries. Among the incidents was a fire that occurred Utah’s American Fork Canyon, leaving a young child suffering severe burns and destroying 15 acres of forest land.

 

Owners can search their vehicles’ VINs on the Polaris website to confirm whether they’re affected in the recall. If you own or ride one of the recalled vehicles and have not suffered an injury or property loss caused by the defect, contact your nearest Polaris dealer to schedule a free-of-charge repair. You’ll receive an extended warranty on each repaired RZR Turbo and a discount towards the purchase of a new vehicle, company officials say.

 

However, if you have suffered injury or loss that you believe was caused by a defect in the recalled vehicles or any other off-road rides, keep the vehicle intact as it may be needed for evidence in a personal injury or product liability claim. Get medical treatment and call 800-251-1111 to schedule a free consultation Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell.

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