Product Liability Attorney and ATV Injury Lawyer Reviews injuries and fires for plaintiffs nationwide
All-terrain vehicles (ATV) accidents are responsible for hundreds of deaths just in the state of Ohio. Typical injuries may involve the vehicles instability. Certain models manufactured by Polaris Industries have safety risks that go beyond rollover accidents, including severe fire and burn risks that have injured hundreds of consumers.
In one high-profile ATV recall and accident report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) charged that Polaris received information that their RZR model could catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to drivers and passengers. Despite having this information that the RZRs contained a defect that could create a substantial product hazard and risk of serious injury of death, Polaris failed to immediately notify the CPSC of the defect as required by federal law. By the time Polaris reported the defect, it had received reports of 150 fires, including one that resulted in the death of a 15-year old passenger, 11 reports of burn injuries, and a fire that destroyed ten acres of land.
Following an ATV accident and injury, if the vehicles are found to have a faulty design or missing safety features, victims and their attorneys can file claims against Polaris or other ATV manufacturers.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Product Liability attorney and ATV injury lawyer, with experience in severe injuries due to ATV recall and resulting accidents. Mr. Lyon has represented plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of product liability and injury claims.
History of Polaris ATV Recalls & Hazards
Polaris Industries has issued an ATV recall for several models for a variety of safety concerns, including:
- In 2016, an ATV fire hazard prompted Polaris to recall their 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo and RZR XP 4 Turbo ROVs. The engines reportedly could potentially overheat, and the turbo system’s drain tube could loosen, leading to fire hazards. Polaris received at least 19 reports of vehicles catching fire, resulting in at least six burn injuries. The fire hazard recall included nearly 13,000
- Polaris Rangers: Polaris received 36 reports of fires associated with their 2014 Rangers, and made design changes to prevent the heat shields from becoming loose and falling off. Polaris manufactured and distributed approximately 93,500 units with a defective heat shield. After the recall, Polaris received reports of heat shields coming loose or falling off of the model year 2015 Ranger. Polaris again reported ten incidents of heat shield malfunctions, and five reports of fires. The CPSC and Polaris announced a recall of 51,000 more ROVs in April 2017.
- In July 2017, Polaris recalled Sportsman 570 all-terrain vehicles. Polaris received 30 reports of Sportsman 570 fuel leaks and four incidents involving a fire.
- An ATV recall involved the 2014-2017 Scrambler XP 1000 after Polaris received at least nine reports of the throttle release switch failing, leading to unintended acceleration, loss of control, and injury.
- In March 2017, Polaris recalled about 19,000 Sportsman 850 and Sportsman 1000 ATVs due to safety hazards. Polaris reported that the right side panel heat shield can melt, posing burn and fire hazards.
- Polaris reported that 2015 Sportsman 1000 ATVs are manufactured with exhaust springs that may stretch and damage the exhaust seal, result in exhaust leaks, and pose burn and fire hazards.
- 2014 through 2017 Phoenix 200 Polaris all-terrain vehicles were recalled after Polaris received nine reports of a damaged throttle limiter, including one report of throttle limiter failure that resulted in minor injuries.
Polaris ATV owners should immediately stop operating ATV recall models. If any passenger has sustained an injury, please contact an experienced ATV injury lawyer to recover medical costs and other damages.
ATV Injury Lawyer: Recalls & Lawsuits
- Defective design
- Defective throttles
- Fuel Leaks
- Overheating engines
- Defective parts
- Melting heat shield
- Incorrect tire air pressure
- Improperly mounted tire
- Inadequate manufacturer safety instructions
- Break failure
- Fire & Burn hazards
If you or a loved one suffered an injury involving a Polaris ATV, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and ATV injury lawyer, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding injuries that stem from an ATV recall.