Cincinnati, Ohio Consumer Safety Attorney and Catastrophic Injury Lawyer reviews Polaris Ranger Accidents and files product liability lawsuits on behalf of injured plaintiffs nationwide

According to medical records and data compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly 700 ATV-related deaths occur each year.

The majority of ROV accidents are considered preventable if the vehicles are handled properly and equipped with basic safety features including roll bars and safety mesh. ATV and ROV accidents have been linked to over 300 deaths in just Ohio in the last 10 years.

Consumers should stop using any recalled Polaris ROV model and if a passenger has sustained an injury, should contact a medical professional and an experienced attorney for potential legal action and rightful compensation.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio Catastrophic Injury Lawyer and Product Liability Attorney with experience litigating serious ATV and ROV accidents.

Mr. Lyon has represented plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of product liability, wrongful death and injury claims. 

Polaris Ranger ROV Recalls

Attorneys and plaintiffs claim Polaris has neglected alleged 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 allegedly been aware of these issues for years but has failed to eliminate the safety hazards.

Since 2016, Polaris has recalled more than 550,000 vehicles due to fire hazards and other safety hazards. Attorneys and experts say the company knew about the source of these problems for years before taking action, which has prompted a series of class action lawsuits.

Recently, defective heat shields have been reportedly responsible for 150 fires, 11 burns, one death and a 10-acre wildfire. In 2013, Polaris learned of defective heat shields on their RZR Polaris ROVs.

Although Polaris was potentially aware of the bad parts and potential for rider injury, the issue wasn’t addressed until a 15-year-old rider was killed when the ATV caught fire in 2015. Around 10 more injured riders and five additional fires were reported over the next year.

In September 2016 Polaris notified the Consumer Products Safety Commission of the defect and issued a recall of 100,000 RZR and Ranger vehicles.

As a result of the dangers ATVs and ROVs present to the consumer, the CPSC has called them “hazards” and has questioned manufacturers regarding numerous safety risks. The CPSC has recalled several ATVs and ROVs, including Polaris Ranger and Polaris RZR models due to the following:

  • Defective Throttles
  • Fire Hazards—defective fuel tanks
  • Roll bar Defects
  • Suspension Defects
  • Safety Mesh Defects
  • Battery Defects
  • Transmission Defects
  • Violations of Safety Standards
  • Brake failure

Polaris Ranger ATV Accidents

Polaris Ranger accidents commonly include injuries following rollovers. ROV frontal rollovers, side rollovers, and rear rollovers can all result in the driver being thrown from the vehicle and suffering severe injury. The most common causes of ATV and Polaris Ranger accidents and injuries include:

  • Defective design
  • Roll bar defects
  • Removal of safety features
  • Defective safety mesh
  • Removal of safety mesh
  • Tire Blowouts
  • Lack of driver training
  • Poorly maintained riding trails
  • Inadequate manufacturer warnings
  • Brake failure
  • Fire risks

Defective Polaris Ranger

Children are particularly vulnerable to ROV injuries and deaths and riders under 18 years of age suffer about a third of recorded ATV and ROV injuries. In 2015, there were over 97,000 ATV-related emergency department visits in the United States. Many of these injuries were severe and life-threatening, including:

Polaris RZR Fire Risks

Fires related to Polaris RZR vehicles are not as uncommon as one might think. Recreational riders have suffered serious burn injury, and succumbed to fatalities following ATV accidents that have led to the ROV catching fire or rolling over and crushing passengers.

Without adequate airflow in the current design, the exhaust of the Polaris RZR creates a hot spot behind passengers that can burn debris and leaking fuel. Polaris Industries has a poor safety record, and from 2013 to 2018, the company issued RZR recalls 10 times for fire hazards. More than 180 RZR fires have been reported and dozens have been injured.

ATV recalls are usually only issued after severe accidents and injuries are reported. Attorneys claim the company knew about safety risks and decided to conceal its knowledge of defective products. At one point, 160,000 RZRs from 2013 to 2016 were recalled, including 133,000 in the United States. Reports of melting and smoking side panels on RZR models have not stopped the company from selling the vehicle.

Due to Polaris failing to immediately reported a potential defect, the company was fined $27.25 million by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Other Polaris burn injury lawsuits are pending.

Polaris has settled some injury claims out of court to hush the news reports, though consumer protection lawyers aim to better protect the public with widespread recalls and compensation for injured riders.

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.

ATV Burn Injury

ATV and ROV Accidents are so common that many consumers consider them normal occurrences. But many ATV injuries happen through no fault of the owner. Defective and recalled ATV models can pose serious safety risks. The Polaris RZR is one such vehicle, with a dismal safety record.

Product Liability lawyers across the nation have filed burn injury claims and design defect lawsuits on behalf of ATV owners who suffer preventable accidents and injuries. Off-road vehicles can be a lot of fun, until they malfunction or when safety mechanisms fail.

Serious fire hazards linked to the Polaris RZR have prompted injured ATV riders to file suit against the company, which has been forced to recall several models of ROVs and ATVs over the last ten years. But the safety issues still persist, and Polaris may be responsible for hundreds of ATV injuries each year.

ATV Recall Lawsuits

The safety issues for Polaris ATV and ROV vehicles continue. Another 100,000 vehicles in December 2017 were recalled for defective heat shields surrounding the exhaust, creating fire hazards.

Polaris was fined $27 million for failing to notify the CPSC in a timely manner of the heat shield issue. The penalty settles charges that Polaris failed to immediately report to CPSC that models of RZR and Ranger recreational off-road vehicles contained defects that could create a substantial product safety hazard. The Polaris ATV recalls have cost Polaris $340 million in warranty costs over the last two years.

Polaris and the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a statement declaring that certain Polaris models (RZR 900 and 1000) prone to combust, and some ATVs that had been recalled and repaired had later ignited, resulting in the total loss of the vehicle.

Design flaws have shown up in several Polaris models and the company has issued dozens of Polaris ATV recalls. Polaris has termed these burn hazards “thermal hazards,” a soft euphemism for the tendency of RZRs, Rangers, Turbos, Generals, Slingshots, and snowmobiles to catch fire. Polaris RZR 900 and RZR 1000 models are still at risk of catching fire and injuring Ohio consumers.

ATV Lawsuits: Polaris Ranger Accidents

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.

All-terrain vehicles (ATV) and Polaris ROV accidents cause thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths each year. Due to the inherent instability of certain ATV and ROV models, rollover crashes are all too common for consumers, and the safety features on ROVs and ATVs like roll bars and safety mesh fail to protect riders, and severe injuries including amputations are a real risk.

If you have had a serious accident with an ROV or ATV, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney. It is critical that evidence (including photographs of the accident scene, physical evidence and witness testimony) is preserved for a full investigation involving design engineers and accident reconstruction experts to determine the root cause.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury involving a Polaris Ranger accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding defective ATV lawsuits.