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Polaris gets $27M fine for not recalling defective vehicles quickly enough

Oh – and it's just issued another recall.

What's happening?

Medina-based Polaris is in hot water with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which announced on Monday it's agreed to pay a $27.5 million to settle charges over its defective off-road vehicles.

The company was rapped for failing to report immediately to the CPSC that its RZR and Ranger models could catch fire, posing "an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death."

The Minnesota firm has struggled in recent years, issuing multiple recalls for a number of its off-road and all-terrain vehicles.

What were the defects?

The recall for the 133,000 RZR 900 and 1000s made between 2013 and 2016 was issued because of a fire risk.

The CPSC, in charging Polaris, said the company received information that the RZRs could catch fire while consumers were driving, "but didn't immediately pass this information on" to the federal body.

By the time it did alert the CPSC, it had received 150 reports of fires, one of which resulted in the death of a 15-year-old passenger, and another which burned 11 acres of land.

The Ranger vehicles also caught fire, with a defect causing the heat shield to become loose or fall off.

Polaris issued recalls for 42,500 of its 2014 Rangers in September 2016, two months after informing the CPSC that they could catch fire, but then started receiving reports that the shields were also defective on its 2015 Rangers.

It failed to immediately report this, and by the time it did there had been five reported fires.

It's just issued another recall

The announcement came on the same day that Polaris issued yet another recall, this time for 107,000 of its RZR XP 1000 off-road vehicles.

It follows 30 reports it received of cracked exhaust silencers, 3 of which resulted in a fire, though nobody was injured.

Owners are told to stop riding the affected vehicles and contact a Polaris dealer for a free repair.

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