A class-action suit has been filed against Polaris in federal district court in Minnesota stating that Polaris concealed a dangerous design defect in many of their models. Polaris models that use the ProStar engine are the ones affected at this time. The suit claims that the “unusually high-powered ProStar engine creates a significant and unreasonable risk of the vehicles overheating and catching fire” and “lacks proper ventilation and heat shielding” which boils down to meaning that the hottest part of the engine (located inches behind the seat) is enclosed with little room for airflow to dissipate the high heat; which can result in a fire. Over the past decade Polaris has struggled with recalls and fires, and has even been linked to at least three deaths.
Earlier this month Polaris agreed to $27.25 million fine to settle the Consumer Product Safety Commission allegations of delayed recalls and concealing a fire danger; Polaris did not admit to any wrong doing.
The list below shows the Polaris models in which the ProStar engine is used:
2011-2014 RZR XP 900 series
2012-2018 RZR 570 series
2014-2018 RZR XP 1000 series
2015-2018 RZR 900 and S 900 series
2016-2018 RZR XP Turbo series
2016-2018 General 1000 series
2014-2018 Ranger XP 900 series
2017-2018 Ranger XP 1000
2014-2018 Ranger Crew XP 900
2014-2018 Ranger 570 series
2014-2018 Ranger 570 Crew series
2017-2018 Ranger 500
To see the official recalls from Polaris and to see if your model has an active recall you can visit http://www.polaris.com/en-us/rider-support/off-road-recalls.