Friday, February 15, 2008

Polaris doubles previous recall on Sportsman and Scrambler ATVs

Polaris said yesterday it was issuing a product recall for 95,000 all-terrain vehicles due to a fire hazard. The 95,000 units include 45,000 ATVs that Polaris had already recalled in 2005.

This recall involves select 2005 through 2006 model Polaris Sportsman and Scrambler 500 ATVs. For a complete list of affected models, and how to identify them, see this page on the Polaris website.

At issue are potentially defective Electronic Control Modules (ECM) that overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to riders. Since the original recall, Polaris has received 372 additional reports of smoking and/or melted electronic control modules. It also has received reports of 20 fires, including nine that involved damage to property beyond the ATVs. No injuries have been reported.