Polaris Recalls 19,000 ATVs for Burn Hazard

Polaris has received at least 793 incident reports, including reports of warped, melted, or burned side panels, 47 fires, and four minor burn injuries.

Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn., has recalled all model year 2015 and 2016 Polaris Sportsman 850 and 1000 model all-terrain vehicles because the vehicles' right side panel heat shield can melt, posing burn and fire hazards to their riders. The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of about 19,200 vehicles.

They also reported that on 2015 Sportsman 1000 ATVs, the exhaust springs can stretch and damage the exhaust seal, which can result in exhaust leaks and pose burn and fire hazards.

Polaris has received at least 793 incident reports, including reports of warped, melted, or burned side panels, 47 fires, and four minor burn injuries.

Consumers who own these vehicles should stop using them immediately and contact Polaris to schedule a free repair. They are asked to contact Polaris at 800-765-2747 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT weekdays or visit www.polaris.com and click on "Off-Road Safety Recalls" for more information. They should check their vehicle identification number on the Product Safety Recalls page to whether their vehicle is included in a recall.

"Polaris" is printed on the front grill and "Sportsman 850" or "Sportsman 1000" is printed on the side of the steering column of the ATVs, which were sold in several colors. The model number is located on the fuel tank cover.

The ATVs were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from May 2014 through March 2017 for between $8,500 and $15,000.

Polaris is contacting all known purchasers directly.

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