Polaris plagued by quadbike recalls
INTERNATIONAL quadbike giant Polaris has been forced to notify Australia’s competition watchdog of 14 safety recalls on its quad bikes and sideby-side vehicles in the past 14 months.
Faults range from a contaminated master brake cylinder on one model to design faults that could result in melting panels on other models.
The surge in Polaris recalls prompted questions about whether there were any major issues with the design or manufacture of Polaris quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles.
Australian Polaris spokesman Alan Collins said the company manufactured all its off-road vehicles “to global engineering and design standards — as we have for 63 years”.
But the recalls have had a major impact on Polaris’ earning with its 2016 calendar-year annual report stating “results were below expectations”.
Polaris cited its voluntary recall last April for RZR 900 and 1000 off-road vehicles manufactured since model year 2013 due to reports of thermal-related incidents.