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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Popular ATVs Recalled

What are my legal rights if I am injured by a defective product?

Polaris Industries, the makers of some of the most popular all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on the market, have issued a massive recall after evidence emerged that their ATVs could place consumers at-risk of serious injuries or death.  Polaris announced a recall in April following more than 160 fires that were linked to the off-road vehicles.  At least 19 serious injuries and one death are believed to stem from the defective ATVs.  Our Kansas City defective products lawyers discuss what you need to know if you have a Polaris ATV involved in the recall and your rights if you are injured by a defective product.  

The Polaris Recall

Polaris has recalled approximately 133,000 off-road vehicles. Some models include the RZR 900 and RZR 1000 built between the years 2013 and 2016. Consumers should closely check their Polaris ATVs to determine whether their vehicle is included in the recall. Call Polaris for questions about your potentially recalled ATV.  

This is not the first ATV recall to affect thousands of vehicles. Recent ATV recalls have included:

  • Fuel leaks and fuel line problems that can cause fires;
  • Defective heat shields that can fall off;
  • Misfiring engines that cause high exhaust temperatures;
  • Failing electronic power steering leading to crashes;
  • Oil drain line leaks that cause overheating and fires.

Your Rights If Injured by a Defective Product

When you purchase a product, whether it be an expensive ATV or a simple item like a high chair for your infant, you anticipate that your product will be safe for its intended use.  However, for thousands of Americans annually, a defective product results in serious injuries or even death.  If you or a loved one is injured by a defective product, you may have right to recover compensation from the maker of the product.  

Federal and state laws require that the makers of consumer products ensure their products are reasonably safe for their intended use.  If a consumer can demonstrate that a product was dangerous due to a design defect, manufacturing error, or failure to warn, he or she may be eligible to receive compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.   

 


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