Polaris Ranger 500 Units Recalled for Melting Throttle Cable

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Polaris issued a recall for certain side-by-side vehicles. The recall involves certain Polaris Ranger 500 EFI and Ranger Crew 500 EFI off-road recreational SxS machines, model year 2013. The total number of recalled vehicles is around 16,550.
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In these vehicles, the throttle cable can melt in contact with the exhaust pipe, causing malfunction. In case of improper operation, riders may lose control of the vehicle and the crashing hazard increases exponentially. Polaris actually received a complaint from one customer, whose machine experienced this defect as the throttle failed to return to idle. The operator lost control of the vehicle and was thrown from it, scraping a shin.

The CPSC advises customers to stop using these vehicles and contact Polaris for a free inspection and repair. Registered users are contacted by the manufacturer directly. The Polaris Ranger is a two-seater UTV and the affected units are model numbers R13RH50AG, R13RH50AH, R13RH50AM and R13RH50AR. The Ranger Crew model numbers of affected SxS are R13WH50AG, R13WH50AH, R13WH50AR and R13WH50AX.

Customers can also inspect the VIN numbers stamped on the front lower frame rail: in case they read 4XA******DE210149 or 4XA******DE791730, the vehicles may be affected by the aforementioned problem. As Polaris mentions that not all the vehicles in the VIN range are likely to experience the problem, it’s advisable to check with the manufacturer. However, in case your Ranger 500EFI or Ranger Crew 500 EFI bears these VINs, not using them until repaired by a Polaris dealer is a wise idea.

The CPSC reminds that selling or attempting to resell recalled products until repaired.


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