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Polaris Industries Recalls ATVs Due to Fire Hazard

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Recall Date:
July 22, 2009

Recall Details

July 22, 2009
Alert #09-755


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: 2009 Model Year Polaris All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Units: About 4,700

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

Hazard: The valve assembly can fail in freezing temperatures, causing oil to leak into the exhaust system. This could pose a fire and burn hazard to the rider.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received six reports of the valve assembly failing in freezing temperatures, resulting in three small fires. Minor fire damage to air boxes, ignition coils and the seat were reported.

Description: This recall involves the Polaris ATVs with model year 2009. The ATVs were sold under market names Sportsman ESP XP 850 and Sportsman XP 850 ATVs. The model and serial number identification decal is located on the left side of the machine on the frame rail below the front fender. The following models are being recalled:

Market NameModel Number Market NameModel Number
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX85AG Sportsman XP 850 A09ZN85AL
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX85AL Sportsman XP 850 A09ZN85AQ
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX85AQ Sportsman XP 850 A09ZN85AS
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX85AR Sportsman XP 850 A09ZN85AT
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX85AS Sportsman XP 850 A09ZN85AX
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX85AX Sportsman XP 850 A09ZN8XAL
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX8XAG Sportsman XP 850 A09ZN8XAQ
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX8XAL Sportsman XP 850 A09ZN8XAS
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX8XAQ Sportsman XP 850 A09ZN8XAX
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX8XAR  
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX8XAS  
Sportsman ESP XP 850 A09ZX8XAX  

Sold at: Polaris dealers nationwide from September 2008 through June 2009 for about $9000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the ATV in sub-freezing temperatures and contact their local Polaris dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners have received direct mail notification of this recall if they are likely to experience consistently sub-freezing temperatures.

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

Picture of Recalled All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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