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July 19, 1999

Release # 99-144
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC, Polaris Industries Announce Recall to Repair Snowmobiles

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, 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



The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.