Polaris Recalls Off-Road Vehicles After Fires Cause Injuries, Death
What if the vehicle you were driving suddenly caught fire and burned you? Unfortunately, that’s the situation that many people faced after driving off-road vehicles manufactured by Polaris. The company’s RZR 900 and RZR 1000 models have caught fire numerous times, causing more than 160 fires. Polaris has recalled more than 133,000 recreational off-road vehicles and will cease further sales of the affected models until the cause of the fire is found and the vehicles are repaired.
The affected vehicles are model years 2013-2016 and manufactured in the United States and Mexico. These vehicles were sold between July 2012 and April 2016 and were priced between $16,000 and $26,000. You can visit www.polaris.com to see which VINs are affected.
Of the 160 fires caused by the Polaris vehicles, 19 people reported burns. A 15-year-old girl died after the vehicle her family rented tipped over and caught fire. Nearly two-thirds of her body was covered in burns and she underwent 27 surgeries to try to regain health. Unfortunately, she never recovered and her family took her off life support four months after the tragic accident.
While Polaris maintains that the girl’s death remains a mystery, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) claims that vehicle’s fuel line is to blame. It is believed that if the line is pinched, it can cause a fuel leak.
In another incident, a 7-year-old girl barely escaped injury after she was riding a Polaris RZR with her 10-year-old sister. She complained of her back being hot and the older girl spotted flames. The 10-year-ld helped her younger sister escape the RZR, before it became engulfed in flames.
According to the CPSC, owners of the recalled vehicles should refrain from driving them. You may receive a recall letter, if your address is on file with Polaris. The vehicle can be taken to a Polaris dealer for a free repair. You can find a Polaris dealer near you by calling 800-POLARIS (800-765-2747) or by going online at www.polaris.com and clicking “Off-Road Safety Recalls.”