A popular Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle sold by Polaris Industries, Inc. is the subject of a recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The Polaris Model Year 2013-2016 RZR 900 and RZR 1000 both pose risks of catching fire while being driven. One burn fatality and 19 other injuries have been reported, including first, second, and third-degree burns. The fatality was a 15-year old passenger who was killed when the ROV rolled and caught fire. Polaris is cooperating with the CPSC in the recall, and has voluntarily suspended sales of all recalled vehicles until they have undergone the needed repairs. Owners and riders are being urged to discontinue use of the vehicles immediately due to the serious risk of injury. The company reports that it has received over 160 reports of fires.
The two Polaris models have been extremely popular, and the recall involves approximately 133,000 of the ROVS that have been sold through Polaris dealers between July 2012 and April of 2016. The vehicles, which were manufactured in the United States and Mexico, retailed for $16,000 and $26,000. Owners are urged to check the company’s website and click on “Off-Road Safety Recalls” to determine whether their model is included in the recall, and contact their nearest Polaris dealer, which will provide a free repair.
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROV) are becoming an increasingly popular choice for those who are seeking an off-road driving experience. Unlike All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) that are straddled by a single rider and which are operated with handlebars, throttles and hand levers for braking, ROVs are much more similar to driving a car. These vehicles feature a steering wheel, a brake and acceleration pedal, and may accommodate up to a driver and one or more passengers. Vehicles are equipped with roll bars and safety belts for both passenger and driver. Operators must have a driver’s license and be a minimum operating age of 16.
Motor Vehicle defects can result in severe permanent injury and death. Those injured by Polaris vehicle defects have sustained serious burns. For motor vehicle defect cases such as this, it is vitally important to contact an experienced law firm that handles complex catastrophic personal injury cases. Philadelphia law firm Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck has the experience. Contact the firm to set up a free consultation: (215) 774-3230.