You may have seen Polaris in the news recently, with headlines regarding issues with the Polaris RZR ATV units catching fire. The 2018 Polaris Ranger 900 XP vehicle and the Polaris Ranger 900 XP vehicle have both been recalled by the manufacturer due to fire risk. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a Polaris RZR ATV catching fire, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. The Polaris RZR and ROV burn accident team at Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers is available now to provide a free consultation to evaluate your potential claim. Contact us today by calling 1-800-718-4658, using the live chat feature, or by completing the contact form on this page. Our attorneys only collect a fee if a recovery is made
Why Are Polaris RZR Dangerous?
Polaris RZR ATV vehicles have been known to catch fire as the above video illustrates. A Polaris fire is a serious incident and there have been over 180 reported RZR fires, according to the New York Times. These fires have led Polaris recalls of the vehicles, and have resulted in serious injuries and even deaths.
Other reported issues with the Polaris vehicles include RZR rollover risks, and Polaris Ranger gas pedal problems.
Why Are RZR ATVs Catching On Fire?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) officials blamed the fires on a faulty fuel tank line which can be pinched, causing the tank to pressurize and leak fuel.
The New York Times reported that the RZR’s new ProStar engine could also be to blame for the fires. The ProStar’s exhaust header pipe, whose purpose it is to direct heat away from the pistons, lacks adequate airflow, according to mechanical engineer Mark Arndt. Arndt points out that the due to inadequate airflow, the exhaust creates a hot spot which can ignite leaking fuel, debris and plastic panels.
Contact our office to speak with one of our Polaris ATV Lawsuit Attorneys and receive a free and confidential consultation, if you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a Polaris RZR fire. Call us now at 1-800-718-4658 for a free case evaluation.
Many lawsuits have already been filed against Polaris and litigation is ongoing. Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers and its Polaris Recall legal teams continue to investigate and file lawsuits on behalf of injury victims or family members who lost a loved one due to a Polaris ATV fire.
In 2017, plaintiff John Hill reached a settlement with Polaris in after receiving third-degree burns to 40 percent of his body when his RZR caught fire in 2014. Polaris faces continuing litigation over their off-road vehicles, including a lawsuit seeking class-action status for injury victims and their families. Polaris has settled at least three lawsuits for injuries caused by itsoff-road vehicles, and at least 11 more lawsuits are currently pending. The lawsuits allege that Polaris sought to conceal their knowledge of their defective products.
A Polaris Cover-up?
Customers, shortly after the new ProStar-powered RZRs hit the market, began reporting that plastic panels between passengers and the engine were melting and smoking. The company’s safety director, Kenneth de’Entremont, told Polaris in 2011 that a recall was necessary after he reviewed between eight and 15 reports of heat damage.
Polaris responded by telling Mr. d’Entremont that he had been excluded from future safety meetings and by issuing a service bulletin telling dealers to affix an aluminum sheet to damaged panels. Mr. d’Entremont left the company in 2012, saying about leaving the company, “It was no longer possible for me to continue working there ethically.”
Polaris RZR Attorneys
Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers’ Polaris RVR legal team continue to investigate and pursue claims on behalf of Polaris ATV victims and their families. We believe that Polaris knew about the potential fire risk long before the product was recalled and taken off the market. We have a team of aggressive attorneys who have extensive experience pursuing defective product claims against some of the world’s largest corporations.
Our legal teams have previously pursued Yamaha Rhino ATV injury claims on behalf of victims and their families. Our teams have assembled a group of experts, lawyers and paralegals who have experience pursuing defective ATV, motorcycle and vehicle claims.
Contact our law firm today to speak with one of our Polaris RZR Attorneys. We offer a 100% free, confidential consultation. We will evaluate your potential claim free of charge. Our attorneys work solely on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no upfront cost to you. We never collect a fee for our services, unless a recovery is made.
You can request a free consultation by using the live chat feature or by completing the contact form on this page. You may also call us at 1-800-718-4658 to speak with a member of our Polaris RZR Lawsuit Team. Call us today, as there are strict time limitations in which to make a claim.