Louisiana Sportsmen Beware: Steering Defect Hazard Prompts Recall of Polaris All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

On December 22, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that approximately 8,500 Polaris All-Terrain Vehicles (Sportsman ATVs) manufactured between January and August 2009 and sold between February 2009 through November 2009 were voluntarily recalled by Polaris Industries, Inc. . Polaris has received 19 reports of incidents involving the loss of steering control in the 2009-2010 Sportsman ATVs after the front suspension ball joint stem separated from the steering knuckle. The following models are included in the recall:

2009 Sportsman XP 550
2009 Sportsman XP 550 EPS
2010 Sportsman 550
2010 Sportsman X2 550
2010 Sportsman Touring 550
2009/2010 Sportsman XP 850
2009/2010 Sportsman XP850 EPS
2010 Sportsman Touring 850

The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Polaris Sportsman ATVs and to contact their local Polaris dealer to determine if your model and VIN number are included in this recall and to schedule a free repair. Polaris is supposed to be directly contacting registered owners about the recall. For additional information about the Polaris ATV recall, you can contact Polaris at (888) 704-5290 or visit the company’s Web site.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana personal injury attorney, Scott Andrews, warns consumers not to wait until after the hunting season to get their recalled Polaris ATV repaired because the risk of injury and death is too great: “I have had numerous clients over the years call me after being injured by a defective recalled product and they tell me that they received notice of the recall, but had not gotten the defective product repaired yet when the accident happened. Return the product or get it repaired–do not use the defective product.”

If you or a loved one was seriously injured or suffered a wrongful death while operating or riding on a recalled Polaris Sportsman ATV, contact Louisiana ATV lawyer, Scott Andrews, at the Baton Rouge, Louisiana personal injury law firm of Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews. Call (800) 929-7481 or Email us to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION.