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160 reports of fires, including 1 death, lead to recall of Polaris off-roaders

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Polaris is recalling 133,000 off-road vehicles because they would catch on fire while being driven, leading to more than a dozen reports of burns and one death.

The Medina-based company said Tuesday it's voluntarily recalling four different 900 and 1,000 ZRZ vehicles from 2013-14.

The company described reports of "thermal-related incidents," including fires.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission though offers more details:

"The recalled ROVs can catch fire while consumers are driving, posing fire and burn hazards to drivers and passengers."

A 15-year-old died after being a passenger in one of the vehicles when it rolled over and resulted in a fire, the commission says. There were also 19 burn injuries, among the 160 reports of fires Polaris received, according to the commission.

What to do if you've got one

Both Polaris and the commission say to stop driving the vehicle immediately, and call Polaris to get the issue fixed. It's free and will take about an hour.

Polaris, though, notes the necessary parts for the fix are being divvied up as they come in, so appointments will be scheduled based on availability.

The recall affects these models (and there's a photo gallery here):

  • MY2013-14 RZR XP/XP4 900
  • MY2014-16 RZR XP/XP4 1000
  • MY2015-16 RZR/RZR S/RZR XC/RZR 4 900
  • MY2016 RZR S 1000

You can also punch in your VIN number on this page, and it will tell you if your vehicle is part of a recall.

You can call 1-800-POLARIS and choose option 9 to speak with a Polaris member about the recall. There's also a recall FAQ here if you want more info.

In addition, any new Polaris RZR will come with the new safety features installed. The company says it also plans also plans to include warnings on new-production vehicles, telling riders not to carry fuel and other flammable liquids in new or older models.

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