Polaris Ranger: Recall number: 20-765:
Dangerous products come in all shapes and sizes. From vitamins to vehicles. We frequently represent clients that have been injured by dangerous products. As a result, we tend to keep an eye on product recalls. Product recalls are often the result of a common thread among consumer complaints, self-reporting by product manufacturers, or an investigation conducted by regulators. A lot of times, product recalls are limited to specific products but after regulators and manufacturers have an opportunity to investigate further, the scope of the recall is expanded. For example, a recall may apply to a given lot number of food products that have been contaminated. As an investigation into the contamination develops, however, additional lot numbers may be added to the dangerous product list.
Just a few days ago, Polaris, the recreational vehicle manufacturer, recalled some of its well-known products – the Polaris Ranger, Pro XD, and Bobcat utility vehicles. These off-road vehicles were recalled due to an improperly manufactured clutch component. The clutch component can cause these vehicles’ engine braking feature to fail, resulting in unexpected vehicle motion, posing a crash hazard. The risk is heightened when operating the vehicles at elevation, for example, on the side of a hill or near a cliff.
So far, no injuries relating to this recall have been reported. Although this is good news, the recalled vehicles are relatively new and constitute 2019 and 2020 model years. Oftentimes and prior to a recall, consumers attribute injuries to other reasons or factors not realizing that defective product is the culprit. Recall notices can assist the consumer in putting the pieces together when an injury has occurred prior to the recall being issued. As noted above, in other cases, a common thread among consumer complaints may precipitate the recall itself. Either way, its good practice to ask appropriate questions if an injury occurs in relation to the use of a product. Checking for recalls of the used product is always a great place to start.
The Polaris recall applies to roughly 13,200 vehicles some of which were sold in Canada. The only course of action to avoid any potential for injury is to stop using the affected product immediately and contact the manufacturer or dealer. We have represented catastrophically injured clients where a recall notice had been issued but use of the product continued, then injury occurred. In these cases, there are often disputes about whether the recall notice to the injured consumer was sufficient notice. Unfortunately, the continued use of a product after the issuance of a recall can serve as a hurdle to getting the manufacturer to take care of the damages caused by a defective product.
If you, a family member, or friend have been injured while using a potentially defective product, verify whether a recall applies to the product. Remember, that just because no recall applies, does not mean that the product is safe. Discontinue use of the product to prevent further injury, preserve the product (do not discard or throw away), and give us a call. Our Phoenix-based personal injury and defective product law firm is always available to answer any questions that you may have.