Polaris is voluntarily recalling around 2,700 model year 2006 snowmobile units because of a loss of control hazard. Consumers are instructed to stop using the affected snowmobiles immediately.
The recall includes FS Classic, FS Touring, FST Classic, FST Touring and FST Switchback snowmobiles. According to Polaris, the right and left front suspension shock towers can separate due to inadequate welding during the manufacturing process. Separation of the welded joints can result in stiffer steering or the shock mount failing suddenly, causing the rider to lose control of the snowmobile and crash.
Polaris has received eight reports of a failure to the upper shock tower because of the inadequate weld. One incident resulted in the driver losing control of the snowmobile and breaking his collarbone.
The recall models were sold at Polaris snowmobile dealers nationwide from February 2005 through March 2007, for between $8,400 and $9,900.
Consumers can contact a Polaris dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair. The dealer will install a kit that will replace the original shock towers with new versions.
Polaris is conducting the recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
For more information or to see a list of the model numbers in the recall, call Polaris at 800/765-2747 between 8 a.m. and noon ET, or log onto the company’s Web site.