Outdoor enthusiasts in Texas love driving their ATVs and ROVs on challenging terrain. This is naturally a dangerous activity, and, if the safety of the vehicle is questionable, lives may be lost. Although the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission keeps a lookout for any defective products, recalls often only occur once lives had been lost or serious injuries had been reported that were caused by a dangerous product.
The CPSC reported that Polaris Industries has announced the recall of approximately 133,000 of its 2013 to 2016 models of recreational off-highway vehicles. The affected models are RZR 900 and RZR 1000. This is reportedly in response to over 160 reports that were received about fires starting as people are operating the vehicles.
Nineteen victims have reportedly suffered first-, second- and third-degree burn injuries, and a 15-year-old who was a passenger on a Polaris ROV died in a fire that erupted when the vehicle rolled over. The company has now suspended sales of this dangerous product until repairs are done. Owners of the affected ROVs were urged to take them to the authorized dealers for free repairs.
Any person who is suffering the consequences of an injury that was caused by a dangerous product may hold the manufacturer, along with the supply chain of the product, accountable for damages sustained. A product liability claim may be filed in a Texas civil court, and successful presentation may result in a monetary judgment. However, establishing negligence and identifying the responsible party or parties may be difficult, and the assistance of an experienced product liability attorney may prove to be invaluable.
Source: consumeraffairs.com, "RZR recreational off-highway vehicles recalled", James Limbach, April 22, 2016