Recreational vehicles can be extremely fun for the more adventurous at heart, but these vehicles need to be safely engineered and well-constructed in order to withstand the type of force these activities require. Unfortunately, off-road vehicles are often recalled or discontinued because they create a hazardous environment for drivers and passengers alike. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the 2019 Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo S, a popular ORV, was recently recalled due to a serious crash hazard.
According to the report by the CPSC and Polaris, their ORVs, or recreational off-highway vehicles, are being recalled because of a clutch inlet duct cover issue, which can cause a fire hazard. The issue can also cause a brake failure, which obviously puts the vehicle driver at risk of a serious crash.
The recall affects the following model numbers:
These models were sold at Polaris dealerships across the United States from December 2017 until January 2019, and included both red and blue models. Polaris has received 11 reported brake failures to date, including one incident that involved a crash, and another that resulted in a rollover accident. There have been no serious injuries reported as of June 2019.
Although Polaris is offering free repairs to vehicle owners, some may have already sustained serious injuries due to these dangerous, defective vehicles. Brake failure can result in devastating, if not deadly, injuries, especially if they fail while the vehicle is traveling on steep terrain or at high speeds.
In the past, Polaris has recalled other ORVs because of engine misfire issues, brake failure, and several other hazards. In March 2017, they issued a recall of all RZR and General Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles because of an engine misfire issue. This defect can cause the exhaust to reach dangerous temperatures, which could heat or melt nearby components. As a result, the overheated or melted components may contaminate the brake master cylinder, causing the brakes to fail or drag. Also, this dangerous overheating issue can result in damaging burns and poses a serious fire hazard.
Do You Have a Case? Take Action, Today!
If you or someone you love was harmed in a Polaris ORV, whether the model was a 2019 Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo S or another recalled model, our firm is prepared to help. We have handled several Polaris accidents and we know precisely what it takes to hold this company responsible for their mistakes. Our firm has spent countless hours researching the issues associated with Polaris ORVs, and we have files of information and countless resources connected to Polaris fire litigation.
These vehicle recalls are nothing new, and until the injuries stop, we’ll continue to give a voice to the injured victims. If you were harmed due to a dangerous or defective ORV, we want to help.Contact Cutt, Kendell & Olson today to get in touch with our experienced attorneys.