Polaris has recalled over 130,000 RZR recreational off-road vehicles from the 2013-2016 model-years because they can catch on fire. The company has received over 160 reports of fires that injured 19 people and killed a 15 year-old girl in Utah.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Polaris RZR induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured in a recalled ATV that caught on fire, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Polaris RZR Recall Issued Due to Fire Hazard
April 19, 2016 — The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for about 133,000 Polaris RZR 900 and RZR 1000 recreational all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), also known as off-highway vehicles or ROVs.
What is the problem?
The recalled RZR vehicles can catch on fire when they are being driven. There have been 160 reports of fires and at least 19 people have been seriously burned. In November 2015, a 15 year-old girl died from severe burns that occurred in a fire after a rollover accident.
Rollover Accident Causes Deadly Polaris RZR Fire
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the 15 year-old girl who died was named Baylee Hoaldridge. The girl was one of four riders on an RZR that her family rented for the July 4 holiday last year in Juab County, Utah.
Investigators say the driver took a turn too quickly, causing a rollover accident in which the RZR caught on fire. Hoaldridge suffered burns over 65% of her body. After four months in the hospital and 27 surgeries, Hoaldridge was taken off life support and died in November 2015.
Her family has not filed a lawsuit against Polaris, but an attorney representing the family blamed her death on defective design. He declined to say whether they had accepted a settlement, but said: “A machine like this should never catch fire just from tipping on its side.”
Polaris RZR Recalled Previously for Fire Hazard
Polaris previously recalled 53,000 RZR vehicles last October due to a fire hazard. The current recall includes those vehicles, making it the largest-ever recall from Polaris. According to the notice:
“The vehicles’ fuel tank vent line can be misrouted, causing it to become pinched. This can cause the fuel tank to pressurize and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.”
Polaris RZR Recall
The following vehicles are included in the recall:
- RZR XP 900 (2013-2014)
- RZR XP 1000 (2014-2016)
- RZR 900 (2015-2016)
- RZR S 900 (2016-2016)
- RZR S 1000 (2016)
What Should I Do?
Stop using the recalled vehicles and contact Polaris to schedule a free repair. If you have questions, call 1-800-POLARIS and select Option 9 to speak with the team handling the recall.
List of Recalled VIN Numbers
You should check to see whether your vehicle VIN number is included by going to www.polaris.com. Polaris provided a partial list of VIN numbers in the recall:
2013/2014 RZR XP 900
3NSJT9EAXEF364144 – 3NSJT9EA4EF385345
4XAJT87A0DP456738 – 4XAJT87A8EF366714
2014/2015/2016 RZR XP 1000 *additional VIN numbers included. Visit Polaris.com.
3NSVDE992FF361215 – 3NSVDE998GF784060
4XAST1EA0EB165962 – 4XAVFE992GB344924
2015/2016 RZR 900 *additional VIN numbers included. Visit Polaris.com.
3NSVAE871FF366883 – 3NSVAE874GH861374
4XAVAA878FB926614 – 4XAVAE873GB673176
2015/2016 RZR S 900 *additional VIN numbers included. Visit Polaris.com.
3NSVBE870FF361395 – 3NSVBA876GH860331
4XAVBE879FP340592 – 4XAVBE876GB673749
2016 RZR S 1000 *additional VIN numbers included. Visit Polaris.com
3NSVBE994GH102740 – 3NSVBE99XGH108171
4XAVBE995GP340655 – 4XAVBE997GB673744
Do I have a Polaris RZR Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Polaris RZR induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured in a recalled vehicle that caught on fire, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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