July 19, 1999
Release # 99-144
|CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184
CPSC, Polaris Industries Announce Recall to
WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris Industries Inc., of Minneapolis,
Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 67,000 snowmobiles. The hydraulic disc brakes on
these snowmobiles can fail, resulting in serious injury or death to riders.
Polaris is aware of 17 reports of the brakes on these snowmobiles failing. No injuries
have been reported.
The recall includes all 1999 models with hydraulic disc brakes and certain 2000 model
Polaris snowmobiles. The word "Polaris" is written on the front of the hood and
the sides of the seat of these snowmobiles. The snowmobiles were sold under numerous model
names and numbers, and in a wide variety of colors.
Polaris dealers nationwide sold these snowmobiles from June 1998 through July 1999 for
between $4,000 and $8,000.
Consumers should arrange now to have their snowmobile's disc brakes replaced for free at
their local Polaris dealer before the winter riding season begins. Polaris also will
replace the snowmobiles' brake pads at no charge. Registered owners will be notified by
mail, and will be contacted by the selling dealer to schedule an appointment. For more
information, consumers should contact their local Polaris dealer. To locate the nearest
dealer, call Polaris at (800) POLARIS between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. EDT Monday through Friday,
and between 8 a.m. and 12 a.m. EDT Saturday and Sunday.
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,
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