Polaris Slingshot under “Stop Sales Stop Riding” Recall Ban

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Recall notice sent to dealersPolaris Slingshot
Things are not looking too good for the Polaris Slingshot owners as the trike falls under a recent “stop sales, stop riding” ban issued by the manufacturer. Many owners have already received calls from their dealers, and in certain cases, even letters have been sent out to dealers explaining the situation, as can be seen in the photo below.
This means that no Slingshot is allowed to be handed over to its new owner prior to having the problems mended, while the riders who already have one in their garage are advised to contact the dealer first. It looks like Polaris found two major issues with the Slingshot, one of which is a very serious one, as it involves the steering system, and which can pose a major threat to the occupants of the trike.

Bad steering is not a good joke

Polaris learned that some of the Slingshots may have been assembled with defective ball bearings which may fail. In case one or more bearings located in the steering rack break down, they would cause the loss of steering control, dramatically increasing the risk of a crash, personal injury or property damage. So far no official information on whether this problem caused a crash is available, but cases of damaged steering racks have surfaced on the dedicated Polaris Slingshot forum.

The second matter which must be addressed is represented by the hoops or roll bars located behind the seats. These parts are supposed to prevent the rider’s and/or passenger’s heads from hitting the asphalt in case the Slingshot flips over. However, the manufacturer of these roll bars has just informed Polaris that some of the parts which have already been supplied and equipped on the vehicles fail to meet the internal [Polaris] safety standards.

As a result, Polaris has issued a voluntary recall for certain Slingshot vehicles and will have the hoops replaced with ones that comply with the safety requirements. According to Polaris, the service spare parts will be available for dealers starting on January 22, and all the dealers will be able to carry out the repairs starting with the end of January.

Both operations will be carried out at no expense for the customers. If you haven’t received any news from your Polaris dealer, maybe it’s a wise decision to call and find out more about your Slingshot. Any conspiracy ideas to link the recall and this Polaris Slingshot crash?
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