The Polaris Slingshot three-wheel autocycle is being recalled for the third time in about four years and this time it’s for defective seats and seatbelts. According to The Drive, the driver- and passenger-side seatbelt and seatback anchoring bracket in these recalled vehicles may have been improperly welded. Additionally, the recall notice says, the differences in seat assembly may prevent proper latching of the seat slider allowing the driver’s seat to move unexpectedly.
Details of the Recall
Vehicles owners must take their Slingshots and have the seatbelt bracket and seatback welds inspected as well as the seat slider latching function. If the dealer finds problems with any of these components, they will repair and/or replace the affected components at no charge to consumers. The recall began on April 16. The recalled Slingshot vehicles were manufactured between 2015 and 2018. Polaris is urging owners to schedule an appointment with the certified local dealer to get the vehicles checked and repaired if necessary.
The Polaris Slingshot three-wheel auto-cycle has had prior issues with safety recalls. The first one was in 2016 for an “improperly manufactured swing arm resulting in decreased swing arm strength.” Because some of the repair kits sent to Polaris dealers were missing some crucial components, about half of the Slingshots from the 2016 recall required another recall in 2017 to fix the issue. As a result, about 9,000 Slingshots had to be recalled again.
Product Liability Issues
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective vehicle, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Manufacturers of products including vehicles can be held liable for injuries and losses caused by defects in design or those that occur during the manufacturing process.
Product manufacturers can also be held liable for failure to warn consumers about the dangers posed by their products. An experienced product defect lawyer can help injured victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.