Fire Hazard Prompts Polaris ATV Recall

Polaris is recalling thousands of <"">All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) because the valve assembly on the ATVs can fail in freezing temperatures, causing oil to leak into the exhaust system. This could pose a fire and burn hazard to the rider.

Polaris has received six reports of the valve assembly failing in freezing temperatures, resulting in three small fires. Minor fire damage to air boxes, ignition coils and the seat were reported.

The recall involves the following 2009 Model Year Polaris ATVs:

Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX85AG
Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX85ALS
Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX85AQ
Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX85AR
Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX85AS
Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX85AX
Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX8XAG
Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX8XAL
Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX8XAQ
Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX8XAR
Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX8XAS
Sportsman ESP XP, Model # 850A09ZX8XAX
Sportsman XP, Model # 850A09ZN85AL
Sportsman XP, Model # 850A09ZN85AQ
Sportsman XP, Model # 850A09ZN85AS
Sportsman XP, Model # 850A09ZN85AT
Sportsman XP, Model # 850A09ZN85AX
Sportsman XP, Model # 850A09ZN8XAL
Sportsman XP, Model # 850A09ZN8XAQ
Sportsman XP, Model # 850A09ZN8XAS
Sportsman XP, Model # 850A09ZN8XAX

The model and serial number identification decal is located on the left side of the machine on the frame rail below the front fender. The recalled ATVs were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from September 2008 through June 2009 for about $9000.

Consumers should immediately stop using the ATV in sub-freezing temperatures and contact their local Polaris dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners have received direct mail notification of this recall if they are likely to experience consistently sub-freezing temperatures.

For additional information, contact Polaris toll-free at (888) 704-5290 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

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