Polaris Industries is recalling all Sportsman 850 and 1000 ATVs from model years 2015 and 2016 over a potentially defective panel heat shield that can melt and pose burn and fire hazards to riders.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by a Polaris ATV, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
March 28, 2017 – Polaris initiated the recall after it was found that right side-panel heat shields on the Sportsman 850 and 1000 can melt, posing burn and fire hazards to riders. The company has received at least 793 reports of melted side panels, 47 fires, and four minor burn injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).
The Sportsman 1000 model also poses the risk of exhaust leaks, fire risks, and burn injuries due to its exhaust springs having the potential to stretch the exhaust seal.
To see if your ATV is included in the recall, go to the Polaris recall website and enter the vehicle identification number, or call the company directly.
Last year, Polaris recalled 133,000 RZR off-highway vehicles (ROVs) due to fire hazard, after several people were injured and one person died. Affected models include Polaris Model Year 2013-2016 RZR 900 and RZR 1000.
That recall followed more than 160 reports of fires in the vehicles, including one in which 15-year-old Baylee Hoaldridge died in a rollover crash that resulted in a fire. Hoaldridge suffered burns over 65% of her body and was forced to undergo 27 surgeries in the months after her accident. Unfortunately, these efforts were unsuccessful and Hoaldridge died in November after being taken off life support.
Do I Have a Polaris Sportsman Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Polaris RZR lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by a Polaris ATV, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.