May 14, 2007 – Snowmobile Report

Polaris Recalls 2006 FS/FST Models
On April 26, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall on Polaris Industries’ 2006 FS and FST models because of a “loss of control hazard.”
The models affected are the FS Classic and Touring, and the FST Classic, Touring and Switchback. In all, an estimated 2,700 machines are under the recall. The units were sold between February 2005 and March 2007.
These units might have an inadequate weld that causes the right and left shock towers to separate. When separated, the result is either stiffer steering or sudden failure of the shock mount, causing loss of control or a crash.
Polaris has received eight reports of failure, including one injury: a broken collarbone.
As a correction, Polaris dealers will install a kit that replaces the original shock towers with a new version.
Recreational Health Care Bills Currently in Congress
Bills to promote fair health-care coverage for motorized recreational vehicle users are working their way through the U.S. House and Senate.
They are called the HIPAA Recreational Injury Technical Correction Act. In the House, the bill (called H.R. 1076), would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health Service Act and the Internal Revenue Code to include language that says these groups “may not deny benefits otherwise provided under the plan or coverage for the treatment of an injury solely because such injury resulted from the participation of the individual in a legal mode of transportation or a legal recreational activity.” PSB

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