Polaris is including about 15,000 of its latest and popular models of ATVs or all-terrain vehicles because of a serious control issue that could lead to a major injury crash. According to a recall bulletin posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris is recalling its Ranger 1000, Ranger Crew 1000, Ranger Crew XP 1000, ProXD 2000G, ProXD 2000 G H, ProXD 4000G, and ProXD 4000G H utility vehicles because of a problem with the throttle pedal.
Details of the Recall
The CPSC bulletin states that the pedal could get stuck returning to its idle position much slower than expected, or become completely stuck, in which case the vehicle could drive itself until the driver can somehow release the pedal. These vehicles can seat up to six people and are built to tackle rough terrain and trails. However, that’s what makes this vehicle defect extremely serious because you do not want to lose control of your vehicle in this type of terrain.
About 15,800 of the various models were sold in the United States and 700 more were sold in Canada. The vehicles are from the 2020 and 2021 model years and were sold for anywhere between $13,000 and $31,000. Polaris has received 52 reports of the throttle pedal in its vehicles sticking partially or fully. The drivers in a majority of these cases were able to stop the vehicle without further incident, but at least six of the incidents resulted in crashes and property damage.
So far, no injuries or fatalities have been reported as a result of these defective ATVs. Polaris is asking that anyone who owns one of these vehicles stop using it right away. The company is offering free repairs to fix the problem. If you own one of these ATVs contact your nearest Polaris dealer to schedule your repair.
ATVs Can Be Dangerous
While driving ATVs is viewed as a recreational activity, it could also be a dangerous or deadly one when certain safety precautions are not followed or when the vehicle is inherently dangerous because of a manufacturing or design defect. There are about 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries each year involving ATVs, according to the CPSC.
As of December 2015, CPSC staff received reports of 14,129 ATV-related fatalities occurring between 1982 and 2015, with 340 ATV-related deaths occurring in 2015, 547 occurring in 2014 and 581 occurring in 2013. Five states combined account for 25% of all reported ATV deaths for the years 1982 through 2012 – Texas, California, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a dangerous or defective ATV, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.