Polaris Industries is issuing a defective product recall for about 8,500 all-terrain vehicles from the 2009-2010 model years. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, the front suspension ball joint system on these vehicles can separate from the steering knuckle and cause the rider to lose steering control, increasing the risk of injury or death to riders. So far, Polaris has received 19 reports of incidents involving these recalled ATVs. No serious injuries or deaths have been reported. These defective ATVs were sold from February 2009 through November 2009 for between $7,500 and $10,800. The vehicles were manufactured in the United States.
Consumers who own these ATVs are asked to stop using them right away and get in touch with their local Polaris dealer to determine whether their ATV is part of this product defect recall. Polaris is also contacting registered owners directly about this recall. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at www.polarisindustries.com.
ATV Accidents and Injuries
Hundreds of young people, especially children 16 years or younger are catastrophically injured or killed in ATV accidents each year. A number of these accidents are caused by defective ATVs. According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics, in 2006, there were 750 deaths and 146,600 injuries involving ATV crashes in the United States. Young people in particular sustain serious brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries.
This is apparently not Polaris’ first defective ATV recall. According to various reports, between the years 2000 and 2008, Polaris has issued 16 recalls involving many of its ATV models for various product defects ranging from engine overheating to loss of steering control.
An Experienced Products Liability Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an ATV accident involving a Polaris ATV, please contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer to find out more information about your legal rights and options. If you believe defective design or a defective product caused your ATV accident, you would be well-advised to preserve the vehicle in its current crashed condition, unaltered, so it can be examined by an expert for product defects, malfunctions and other evidence. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free initial consultation to accident victims and their families.
The BISNAR|CHASE personal injury law firm is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.