March 14, 2005
Alert #05-553

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Polaris "900 Fusion" "900 RMK" and "900 Switchback" Snowmobiles

Units: About 11,560

Distributor: Polaris Industries, Inc., of Medina, Minn.

Hazard: The snowmobile wiring harness may be routed in a way that could disconnect the engine stop switch and the throttle safety switch connector. If this connector becomes unplugged, the engine stop and the throttle safety switches will no longer function. This could pose a possible crash hazard. However, the keyed ignition switch will continue to function and will shut down the vehicle when the key is in the OFF position. The thumb warmer and right-hand warmer could also become unplugged under these harness-routing conditions.

Incidents/Injuries: Polaris has received one report of the switches becoming disconnected. No injuries have been reported.

Description: Model year 2005 Polaris "900 Fusion", "900 RMK", and "900 Switchback" snowmobiles with model numbers S05PL8DSD, S05PM8DS(A)(B), S05PN8DS, S05PS8DS, S05MP8DS(A)(B)(C), S05PL8DS(A)(B)(C) are part of this recall. The snowmobile model and serial number identification decal is located on the right front side of the tunnel. The serial number is permanently stamped into the tunnel and the model number is embossed on the decal.

Sold At: Polaris dealers sold these snowmobiles nationwide from August 2004 through February 2005 for between $8,882 and $10,999.

Manufactured In: United States.

Remedy: Free repair. Contact your Polaris dealer to schedule an appointment to install a jumper wire and secure existing wiring harness. Polaris has notified consumers directly about this recall.

Consumer Contact: Call Polaris at (800) 765-2747 between 8 a.m. and 12 midnight ET everyday or log on to the company's Web site at

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