Things work a bit different north of the border. In an unprecedented move, Polaris Industries has been ordered to place ads in newspapers across Canada to try to track down 88,215 ATVs with rear reflectors now deemed unsafe.
Ordered by Transport Canada, Canada's national transportation safety agency, the recall involves 269 models and every Polaris ATV sold in Canada since 2001.
The recall comes after investigators for Transport Canada, Canada's national transportation safety agency, discovered the reflectors were installed at the wrong angle and wouldn't alert other drivers to the vehicle's presence at night - a failure of federal requirement CMVSS 108.
Transport Canada says the ads are necessary because of the age of the machines and the fact they don't have to be registered like automobiles.
Transport Canada says 8,000 Polaris snowmobiles also are being recalled for the same problem. The recall affects the 2006 Polaris 600, 700, and 900 Fusion, FS and FST Classic and the 1999-2006 Wide Track.
Polaris published a Notice of Defect for five days in two major daily newspapers in six regions, the Atlantic provinces, Ontario, Quebec, The Prairie provinces, British Columbia and the Territories. Consumers are asked to contact Polaris dealers to have new reflectors installed on the ATVs and snowmobiles.
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