May 1, 1996
Release # 96-116
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC and Polaris Announce Snowmobile Recall
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 19,327 Polaris snowmobiles. On
some snowmobiles, the handlebars were not completely welded to the steering posts. If the
handlebars break, a driver could lose control of the snowmobile and cause an accident or
Polaris is aware of three snowmobile accidents resulting from the handlebars breaking due
to an incomplete weld. One driver received a minor injury.
In January, Polaris initiated this recall by contacting consumers directly through letters
and Polaris service bulletin number SB96-05.
This recall affects the following 1996 model year Polaris snowmobiles:
||model numbers 0963357 and E963357
||model number 0963865
||model numbers 0962564 and E962564
||model number 0963774
|500 EFI RMK
||model number 0962974
||model number 0962761
||model numbers 0963365 and E963365
||model number 0962764
||model number 0962964
|500 EFI SKS
||model number 0962574
||model numbers 0962262 and E962262
||model number 0962760
The recalled snowmobiles have serial numbers within the following ranges: 2623600 through
2633599; 2649419 through 2650441; 2673200 through 2687804; 2696969 through 2698569;
2833600 through 2833640; and 2619488. The serial number is located on the right side of
the tunnel where drivers place their right foot.
Polaris dealers sold the snowmobiles nationwide from March 1995 through April 1996 for
suggested retail prices between $5,000 and $7,000 each, depending on the model.
Consumers who own these snowmobiles should stop using them immediately and return them to
any authorized Polaris dealer for inspection, unless they have already responded to the
letter they received regarding this and had their snowmobile inspected. If necessary, the
handlebars will be replaced at no charge. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.