Driving a recreational off-road vehicle carries enough external risks without worrying about the car itself harming you. Yet if you drive a 2021 Polaris RZR Pro XP or RZR Pro XP4, that may be exactly what happened.
Polaris issued a product recall for the vehicles on May 13 this year after discovering their vehicles presented a fire hazard to those who use them. Thankfully, the number of vehicles affected was low, but it could still apply to you.
It is not the first time Polaris has had to recall vehicles it sold. In 2017 it issued a much larger recall of RZR Turbo and RZR 900 and 1000 models after several vehicles suffered brake failures or caught fire.
CFMOTO recalls over 2,000 ATVs
Polaris is not the only off-road vehicle manufacturer to issue a recall this year. CFMOTO was forced to call its 2021 CFORCE 800XC ATVs back due to a potentially deadly steering issue. Given that these vehicles have 800cc of power at their disposal, sound steering is crucial. While Polaris reports no know injuries from this year’s recalled models, at least two CFMOTO users were not so lucky. The electronic power steering failure caused them to crash and suffer injuries.
When you buy an off-road recreational vehicle, you expect it to meet certain mechanical and safety standards. A breakdown could in itself lead to severe injury if you are far from help in an inhospitable environment. Yet, a malfunction that sets the vehicle on fire while you drive could have far worse consequences.
Hopefully, if you have one of these vehicles, you saw the recall in time and were able to take it back to be repaired. Yet, if it is too late and the defective product has already harmed you, you need to understand how to claim compensation for your injuries.