Polaris Faces Lawsuit over ATV Safety Concerns

One of the Sportsman ATV models Polaris makes Photo: Polaris Industries
One of the Sportsman ATV models Polaris makes

October 06, 2016 07:13 AM

Polaris Industries, Inc., is facing a class action lawsuit over their Sportsman ATVs.

The lawsuit claims four-wheel all-terrain vehicles built between 2009 and 2016 have an exhaust heat defect that makes the vehicles dangerous to ride. The lawsuit also alleges that the Minnesota-based company has known about the defect for years.

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According to the lawsuit, the exhaust pipe on the Sportsman ATVs is located next to the rider's right leg and runs to the back of the ATV underneath the rider's seat.

The lawsuit alleges that the exhaust pipe heats up so significantly that components of the ATV melt and can come into contact with the rider.

"As such, Polaris' six-month limitation on the implied warranty of merchantability is unconscionable," the lawsuit states.

Polaris officials issued a statement in response to the lawsuit:

"We can't comment on ongoing litigation, however, the safety of our customers is our top priority at Polaris."

The case will be tried in Minnesota District Court.


Rebecca Omastiak

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