Boy, 15, Killed, 19 Injured in Fiery Polaris RZR 900 and 1000 Crashes
Polaris Industries Inc. is recalling 133,000 of its off-road vehicles due to a major fire risk that has been linked to the death of a 15-year-old boy who was a passenger and 19 serious injuries that include first, second and third-degree burns.
The recall was announced this morning by the company based in Medina, Minn., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and specifically involves vehicles made since 2013. The models are the RZR 900 and 1000 off-road vehicles.
People who own one of these vehicles or companies who rent them out are asked to take the vehicles to a local dealership to have some parts replaced to eliminate the problem.
The recall follows some 160 reports of sudden fires that resulted in one death in a rollover crash and 19 injuries among both drivers and passengers on these vehicles.
One 15-year-old Utah girl nearly died after she was suffered third-degree burns over 65-percent of her body after a RZR 900 she was riding in overturned and suddenly burst into flames. The girl’s family rented the brand-new vehicle on July 4, 2015. Her father and grandfather were in the front seats and she and a cousin were in the back. They were traveling about 5 mph when it overturned and she was trapped in her seat as the vehicle quickly caught on fire.
Baylee Hoaldridge’s injuries were severe and she got an infection that led to the removal of her large intestine. She spent nearly a year a the burn unit undergoing treatments and underwent 10 surgeries.
The same off road vehicles were also recalled in October due to a fuel vent line hazard. The company has recalled its RZR XP Turbo vehicles to repair an oil drain line which was also a fire risk.
Owners of these vehicles have also been asked by Polaris not to carry fuel or flammable liquids in these vehicles.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who were harmed by these dangerous vehicles,” said Attorney James Johnson. “Manufactures of unsafe vehicles are liable to consumers for their losses, but no amount of money will make up for a death or a severe injury such as some of these victims have suffered.”
Johnson Attorneys Group would like to offer a free legal consultation to anyone who has been injured in a crash involving a defective vehicle. Our law firm is unique as it handles both personal injury and lemon law claims on behalf of consumers who have suffered a loss or wish to replace a vehicle or get their money back.
For more information about the recall you may contact Polaris at 800-POLARIS or online at www.polaris.com.