The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Polaris Industries Announce the Recall of Approximately 8,000 Snowmobiles for Loss of Control and Burn RisksAug 1, 2005 | www.newsinferno.com
The CPSC, in cooperation with Polaris Industries Inc. of Medina, Minnesota, have announced the recall of about 7,800 - 2005 Polaris “900 Fusion” “900 RMK” and “900 Switchback” Snowmobiles manufactured in the United States.
Polaris dealers nationwide sold the snowmobiles from August 2004 through June 2005 for between $8,882 and $10,999. Customers should stop using the product immediately.
The recall includes snowmobiles with model numbers: S05PL8DSD, S05PM8DS(A)(B), S05PN8DS, S05PS8DS, S05PM8DS(A)(B)(C), S05PL8DS(A)(B)(C).
The model and serial number identification decal is located on the right-front side decal of the tunnel. The serial number is permanently stamped into the tunnel and the model number is embossed on the decal.
There are three separate issues involved in this safety recall:
Front Suspension Spindle - The nut that fastens the upper control arm ball joint to the suspension spindle can loosen. If this occurs, continued operation could allow the spindle to break and release the upper control arm, posing a risk of loss of control of the vehicle.
Fuel Tank Chaffing - The fuel tanks can contact the chassis along the bulkheads leading to wear on the tank walls. This could pose a fuel leakage and possible fire hazard to consumers.
Gasket - The gasket sealing the fuel pump assembly to the tank can develop cracks. This poses a risk of fuel leakage and fire hazard to consumers.
Polaris has received 32 reports of spindle damage and two reports of fuel leaks. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Consumers should immediately stop using the snowmobile and contact their Polaris dealer to schedule a free repair. Polaris is directly notifying most owners about the recall.
For more information, contact Polaris toll-free at (800) 765-2747 between 8 a.m. and 12 a.m. ET everyday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.polarisindustries.com.