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April 24, 1996

Release # 96-109
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Polaris Announce Snowmobile Retrofit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris Industries Partners L.P. of Minneapolis, Minn., is announcing the voluntary recall of about 19,320 snowmobiles, model years 1994, 1995, and 1996. The snowmobile's engine coolant tank may expand, interfering with the operation of the brakes. Snowmobile drivers or riders could be injured or killed if the brakes fail.

Polaris is aware of one injury allegedly involving the snowmobile coolant tank.

This recall affects the following Polaris snowmobiles:

Model Year and Name Model Numbers
1994 and 1995 Storm and Storm SKS model numbers 0945782, E945782, 0945582, E945582,
0955782, E955782, 0955582, and E955582
1996 Storm model numbers 0965782, and E965782
1996 Storm SKS model numbers 0965582, and E965582
1996 Storm RMK model number 0965982
1996 Ultra model numbers 0960578 and E960578
1996 Ultra SKS model numbers 0960678 and E960678
1996 Ultra RMK model number 0960978
1996 600 XCR SP model number 0965677

Polaris dealers sold the snowmobiles nationwide from March 1993 through April 1996 for suggested retail prices between $6,000 and $9,000 each, depending on the model.

Consumers who own these snowmobiles should stop using them immediately and return them to any authorized Polaris dealer for free installation of a support bracket kit, which will prevent the expansion from occurring. For the location of the nearest Polaris dealer, consumers should call (800) POLARIS.

CPSC urges consumers who own Polaris snowmobiles to participate in this retrofit program as part of their regular, post-season snowmobile maintenance procedures.

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