Last week, Minnesota-based Polaris Industries, Inc. revealed a recall affecting 18,500 model year 2003 and 2004 Predator 500 on which faulty front brake lines may crack and leak brake fluid, causing the brakes to not work properly.
On Monday, the manufacturer announced a recall involving approximately 12,170 Sportsman 700 EFI ATVs sold by Polaris dealers from March 2003 to August 2004 for between $7,899 and $8,899.
Polaris said the throttle cable on the 2004 Sportsman 700 EFI (model numbers A04CH68CU, A04CH68AU, A04CH68AP, and A04CH68AQ) may bind when the handlebars are turned full left or full right, resulting in an increase in engine speed and unintended vehicle acceleration. In addition, the fuel line may rub against the vehicle chassis, resulting in a fuel line leak which could be a fire hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 19 incidents (including two minor injuries such as scrapes, bruises, and minor injuries to the leg, knee, and shoulder) involving the throttle cable binding. There have been 31 incidents (but no injuries or fires) involving gasoline leaking from the fuel line rubbing against the chassis.
Polaris asked consumers to contact dealers to schedule an appointment to inspect, reroute, and replace the throttle cable and the fuel line as necessary. Additional information can be obtained by calling Polaris, 800/765-2747 between 8 a.m. and 12 midnight ET.
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