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Polaris Recalls RZR900 and RZR1000 for Serious Fire Issues, Including One Death

Polaris recalls their RZR900 and RZR1000 side-by-side vehicles sold as 2013 through 2016 model years because of a very serious fire hazard that has already caused one death and multiple injuries.
2016 Polaris RZR1000 11 photos
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Around 133,000 such Polaris vehicles fall under this recall and customers are advised to contact their nearest dealer to schedule a free repair. However, things are not looking good at all as the manufacturer received more than 160 reports of vehicle fires in the recalled population.

Making things worse, these defects have already caused the death of a rider, while multiple others have been injured. A report of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on the recall #16-146 mentions the death of a 15-year-old passenger as a result of a rollover that caused a fire.

The same organization mentions that there have also been 19 reports of injuries with first, second, and third degree burns. Polaris warns customers to stop using these vehicles until they are being repaired in the workshops of authorized dealers.

The info on the defects that cause the vehicle fires have not been detailed by the CPSC, and info is also scarce on the Polaris website. However, we ran some checks with VINs from the affected population and the recall section of the website returned results such as "ECU Reflash, Heat Shield Replacement, Voltage Regulator Replacement, Fuel Tank Vent Line Replacement, and Fuse Box Seal Replacement," in various combinations.

It looks like the Polaris RZR900 and RZR1000 have more than one issue that may cause a vehicle fire, but with such scant data, it's impossible to have a better picture of what's actually happening with these SxSs, or if this is an extension of the 2015 recall for these series caused by faulty fuel lines.

Until more info surfaces here is the VIN list as provided by the CPSC:

2013/2014 RZR XP 900
3NSJT9EAXEF364144 – 3NSJT9EA4EF385345
4XAJT87A0DP456738 – 4XAJT87A8EF366714

2014/2015/2016 RZR XP 1000
*additional VIN numbers included. Visit Polaris.com
3NSVDE992FF361215 – 3NSVDE998GF784060
4XAST1EA0EB165962 – 4XAVFE992GB344924

2015/2016 RZR 900
*additional VIN numbers included. Visit Polaris.com
3NSVAE871FF366883 – 3NSVAE874GH861374
4XAVAA878FB926614 – 4XAVAE873GB673176

2015/2016 RZR S 900
*additional VIN numbers included. Visit Polaris.com
3NSVBE870FF361395 – 3NSVBA876GH860331
4XAVBE879FP340592 – 4XAVBE876GB673749

2016 RZR S 1000
*additional VIN numbers included. Visit Polaris.com
3NSVBE994GH102740 – 3NSVBE99XGH108171
4XAVBE995GP340655 – 4XAVBE997GB673744.

 
 
 
 
 

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