Polaris off-road “side by side” vehicles have proven incredibly popular in recent years. The powerful ProStar engine used in the RZR, Ranger, and other models means these capable machines accelerate quickly, and provide high top speeds that thrill-seekers and off-road enthusiasts enjoy.
However, there are problems with the ProStar engine that have led to very serious safety issues with the Polaris RZR and Ranger. The engine creates more heat than less powerful motors, and due to design flaws, this heat is causing some Polaris vehicles to catch on fire, often resulting in serious injury or even death.
Safety Concerns Ignored, Recall Eventually Issued
When concerns about the ProStar engine and the design of certain models were raised internally at Polaris, they were ignored. The Consumer Product Safety Commission was not notified (as is required by law), and initially, no consumer recalls were issued. This failure to report the issue led to Polaris being fined $27.25 million dollars by the CPSC, one of the largest consumer protection fines in history.
It was only when public outcry about dangerous fires began to create media attention that Polaris issued a recall, citing hundreds of thousands of RZR and Ranger vehicles affected by this issue.
Which Polaris Vehicles are Affected by the Recall?
Currently, recalls have been issued for:
- All 2015 and 2016 Sportsman 850s
- All 2015 and 2016 Sportsman 1000s
- Certain Ranger, RZR Turbo, RZR 900s and RZR 1000s
This list is NOT comprehensive, as additional vehicles may be recalled at any time.
How to Tell if Your RZR or Ranger has Been Recalled
For the most up to date list of recalled vehicles, visit the Polaris website and enter your VIN or year, make, and model to find out if your Polaris off road vehicle has been recalled.
Some consumers are continuing to report additional fires and other safety problems even after their recalled vehicles have been repaired by Polaris; it is unclear at this time just how safe these vehicles are regardless of additional manufacturer-installed safety features.
Our Polaris Fire Lawsuit Attorneys Are Here to Protect Your Rights
If you were involved in a fire caused by Polaris RZR, Ranger, or other off road vehicles and suffered serious injuries, you may be entitled to compensation from Polaris. It’s vital that you contact our Polaris lawsuit attorneys right away to make sure your rights are protected.
Polaris’ legal team is fighting these cases, and claims are expected to take several months or longer to reach a conclusion. Having aggressive, experienced personal injury attorneys on your side is your best chance at your claim being successful.
At Keller & Keller, our attorneys are committed to our ability to successfully defend your rights. That’s why we offer a zero-fee guarantee to all of our clients, which means that you pay nothing unless we win your case. Fill out the form on this page to request a free consultation with our attorneys about your Polaris fire lawsuit today.