At the end of September, Polaris Industries Inc. announced a recall of 2011 through 2021 Model Years of its Phoenix 200 All-Terrain Vehicles. These ATVs, imported from Taiwan, have drawn attention for a malfunction in the vehicle’s throttle speed control. The recall notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) warns that the control can break and become stuck, posing a crashing hazard.
This recall affects about 13,000 vehicles sold in the United States and nearly 1,000 more sold in Canada. Polaris is asking consumers to immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact it for a replacement of the throttle speed control bracket.
To date, Polaris has already received 18 reports of the throttle stop breaking or sticking, and at least one injury as a result of the malfunction. This recall follows Polaris’s recalls in April 2018 and July 2020.
In the same week, Luyuan’s Youth ATVs were recalled for failing to meet federal mandatory ATV safety standards, including maximum speed limitations for vehicles intended for children under 10 years of age. Similarly, Venom Motorsports recalled its Youth Model ATVs due to similar crash hazard concerns and violations of federal safety standards. The recalled Venom Motorsports ATVs were imported and distributed in the United States without a required CPSC-approved Action Plan.
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