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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
November 30, 1992
Release # 93-023

Polaris Industries LP Offers Modification Program For 1990-1992 Models of Snowmobiles

PRODUCT: Polaris Industries LP snowmobiles - certain 1990, 1991, and 1992 models.

PROBLEM: If the parking brake lever is left engaged during use, the brakes could overheat. This presents a possible fire hazard.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers with affected models should return the snowmobile to Polaris authorized dealers for removal of the parking brake lever. For more information call 1-800-342-3764.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris Industries LP, Minneapolis, MN, is voluntarily notifying owners of its 1990 - 1992 model snowmobiles of reported problems with operation of the parking brake. The snowmobile's parking brake, if left engaged during use, may cause overheating and possible fire. These snowmobiles can present a serious risk of injury to the rider due to fire, as well as major property damage to the machine.

Polaris Industries LP has received 206 reports of fires to users' snowmobiles. No injuries are reported but the fires occurred when the snowmobiles were being ridden. The 1990, 1991, and 1992 model snowmobiles were sold nationwide and in Canada from April 1989 to the present by Polaris dealers. All Polaris 1990, 1991, and 1992 models with hydraulic brakes are involved.

Consumers should take their machines to a Polaris authorized dealers for removal of the parking brake lever if they do not need or use the park brake. Consumers who need more information can call Polaris Industries LP toll-free at 1-800-342-3764. Polaris Industries LP will modify affected products free of charge and supply a free warning label to attach to the snowmobile dashboard.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this modification program as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The brand names and model numbers of the snowmobiles affected by the modification program follows.

YEAR & MODEL MODEL NUMBERS
1990 WideTrak 0902064
1990 Indy Sport GT 0902433
1990 Indy Trail SuperTrak 0900161
1990 Indy Sports 0900433
1990 Indy Trail 0900761
1990 Indy Trail Deluxe 0900262
1990 Indy 400 0900759
1990 Indy 500 0900764
1990 Indy 500 SP 0900664
1990 Indy 500 SKS 0900564
1990 Indy 500 Classic 0900865
1990 Indy 650 0900758
1990 Indy 650 SKS 0900558
1990 Indy 650 RXL 0900768
1991 Indy Sport 0910443
1991 Indy Sport GT 0912443
1991 Indy Trail 0910761
1991 Indy Trail Deluxe 0910262
1991 Indy 400 0910759
1991 Indy 500 0910764
1991 Indy Trail SuperTrak 0910161
1991 Indy 500 SP 0910664
1991 Indy 500 SKS 0910564
1992 500 EFI (Pilot) X920674
1991 Indy 400 XC 0911759
1991 Indy 500 Classis 0910865
1991 Indy WideTrak 0912064
1991 Indy 650 0910758
1991 Indy 650 RXL 0910768
1991 Indy 650 RXL SKS 0910568
1992 Indy Sport 0920443
1992 Indy Sport GT 0922443
1992 Indy Trail 0920761
1992 Indy Trail Deluxe 0920262
1992 Indy 440 0920760
1992 Indy 440 XCR 0921760
1992 Indy 500 0920764
1992 Indy 500 SP EFI 0920674
1992 Indy 500 SKS EFI 0920574
1992 Indy Classic 0920865
1992 Indy 650 0920758
1992 Indy RXL 0920768
1992 Indy 650 RXL SKS 0920568
1992 XLT 0920767

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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