Polaris voluntarily recalled about 800 model year 2009 Assault RMK 146 snowmobiles, model numbers S09PL8EE and S09PL8ES. In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris pulled the sleds due to a loss of control hazard, stated the CPSC.
The bolts on the rear suspension can break causing the rail tip to become dislodged and interfere with the snowmobile’s track. This can cause the track to lock up and the rider to lose control of the snowmobile, posing a risk of injury, the report stated.
There have been eight incidents reported in which the rail tip bolts broke, two of which resulted in the rider being ejected from the snowmobile. No injuries have been reported.
The sleds were sold in Polaris dealerships nationwide from September 2008 through June 2009 for about $10,600.
Assault 800 is printed on the snowmobile’s hood. Polaris is written on the seat. The model number is located on the right side of the tunnel below the seat. The snowmobiles are red and black.