January 30 brought an unexpected tragedy to Newport Beach, 45 miles south of Los Angeles,…
On March 12, 2021, Polaris issued a voluntary recall of more than five models of their vehicles in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Follow the link here to read about the recall on Polaris’ website. Polaris had formerly issued a “Stop Sale, Stop Ride” on the vehicles in question on January 12, 2021. The safety recall comes as an escalation of/from this event.
The recall is said to affect approximately 17,000 vehicles globally and includes the 2020-2021 RANGER XP 1000, RANGER CREW XP 1000, RANGER 1000, RANGER CREW 1000, 2020 PRO XD 2000G, and 2020 PRO XD 4000G models. The recall is due to the vehicles being manufactured with throttle pedals that, “can return to the idle position more slowly than anticipated,” or can actually get stuck in a “depressed” position, which poses a crash or accident hazard.
According to Polaris, there have been 52 incidents reported in which the throttle pedal has returned to idle slowly or gotten stuck, with six reports of vehicles crashing with minor property damage.
The vehicles, which were manufactured in both the United States and Mexico, and were sold between April 2020 and January 2021, retailed from $13,000 to $31,000. It is being reported that Polaris is offering free repairs for the issue that is at the center of the safety recall. For more information, visit the CPSC’s website reporting on the issue, safety recall number 21-724.
This is not our first time reporting on the product liability and negligence of Polaris Industries. Kristensen LLP has already filed two lawsuits against Polaris industries for product liability and negligence (read here). Polaris Industries has a history of selling UTVs (Utility Task Vehicles) that put consumers at health and safety risks due to negligent manufacturing.
The second lawsuit Kristensen LLP had filed against Polaris involved injury to our client during an accident while riding a Polaris vehicle. The accident occurred when the lack of safety nets along the lining of the exterior frame of the vehicle resulted in injury to the riding party’s hands, which were gripping the exterior frame of the vehicle at the time of the vehicle’s rolling.
Do you believe you may have a claim? Whether or not it’s related to this Polaris safety recall, read our blog on how to know if you have a safety recall case here. Companies often do the bare minimum legally that is required to release themselves of liability in order to reduce the cost of product recalls. They do not have your interest at heart – as businesses, they have the company’s best economic interest at heart.
Call Kristensen LLP today if you believe you have a claim relating to a product safety recall! We have years of experience and success representing clients affected by defective products.