Cincinnati, Ohio ATV Accident lawyer investigating burn injury cases involving ATV fire incidents and other injuries related to defective Polaris ATVs and ROVs
Polaris Industries has been hit with multiple product liability lawsuits due to defective ATV and ROV models that present serious safety risks to consumers. There have been over a hundred ATV recalls in the last ten years, and consumers continue to report serious ATV injury and ATV fires.
Polaris is the leading manufacturer of both all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), and has issued 35 official recalls for defective products and safety hazards. Polaris had no ATV recalls involving fire hazards in 2019, but in the past the company has settled numerous lawsuits involving ATV fires and ATV burn injuries.
In 2018, the company paid the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission $27.25 million for failing to promptly notify the safety agency about known ATV fire hazards.
In December 2019, warned consumers that some 2019-2020 Ranger XP 1000 models were equipped with incorrectly routed fuel lines, potentially leading to ATV fire risks. There are dozens of pending lawsuits against Polaris.
Joe Lyon is a Cincinnati, Ohio consumer safety lawyer and product liability attorney reviewing ATV fires and burn injuries for plaintiffs nationwide.
Under the Consumer Product Safety Act, Polaris is required to inform the public and the CPSC about product defects that could possibly endanger consumers. The agency may choose to push for an ATV recall, though it is easier if companies choose to recall defective ATVs on their own.
Getting accurate safety information to consumers is critical, particularly when a company has a long past of selling dangerous ATV models that catch fire and cause severe burn injury.
ATV lawsuits have been rising in recent years. In one high profile case in Arizona, a man was riding a 2015 Polaris RZR XP 1000 when the vehicle caught fire. Another case in California involved two men who suffered burn injuries when their 2019 RZR Turbo caught fire.
Attorneys and plaintiffs claim Polaris has neglected underlying ATV fire hazards in its ATVs and ROVs. Lawsuits say that Polaris’ Prostar engine, fuel lines and exhaust system are prone to generating excessive heat that can lead to fires and injury. Polaris has been aware of these issues for years but has failed to eliminate the safety hazards.
The Polaris safety record is not great. From 2013 to 2018, Polaris Industries issued ten RZR recalls for fire hazards, and about 180 RZR fires have been reported. At least four people have been killed and at least 30 others have suffered burn injuries.
In September 2018, the CPSC met with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America to stress the importance of addressing ATV fire risks.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to ATV fires or another ATV defect, contact The Lyon Firm for a free consultation and a review of your legal options. Joe Lyon has experience engaging large companies in product liability lawsuits and works with industry experts to determine the root cause of an ATV accident and reach a settlement.