July 11, 2008
Alert #08-593

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: 550 LX, Trail Touring, and Trail Touring Deluxe snowmobiles

Units: About 1,360

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

Hazard: Cracks could form in the starter ring-gear and cause the ring-gear to fracture into several pieces. The broken pieces could be propelled out of the chassis of the machine at high speed causing serious injury or death to the rider and/or bystanders.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 10 reports of loose ring-gear attachment bolts or broken gear teeth. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves 2008 Polaris 550 LX, Trail Touring and Trail Touring Deluxe snowmobiles. The model and serial number identification decal is located on the right side of the tunnel below the seat. The recalled model names and numbers are listed below. There is also a limited quantity of suspect parts (about 290) that were sold to consumers for service work or accessory starter installations. These parts could fit on various 2003 through 2007 models of snowmobiles and were sold from March 3, 2007 through October 22, 2007.

Model NumberModel YearMarket Name
S08ND5BS 2008 550 LX
S08NT5BS 2008 Trail Touring
S08NT5BE 2008 Trail Touring
S08NT5BSA 2008 Trail Touring Deluxe
S08NT5BSF 2008 Trail Touring Deluxe

Sold at: Polaris dealers nationwide from May 2007 through June 2008 for between $5,900 and $6,300.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled snowmobiles immediately, and contact any Polaris Snowmobile dealer to schedule a free repair. Polaris has notified registered consumers directly about this recall.

Consumer Contact: For further information, contact Polaris toll-free at (888) 704-5290 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Web site at www.polarisindustries.com

Picture of Recalled Deluxe snowmobile

Picture of Recalled Deluxe snowmobile