Aug. 11, 2008 – Snowmobile Digest

Polaris Recalls Three Snowmobile Models

Polaris Industries, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), voluntarily recalled about 1,360 snowmobiles due to faulty starting ring-gear, according to the CSPC.
The three models include: 2008 550 LX, Trail Touring and Trail Touring Deluxe. The models were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from May 2007-June for $5,900-$6,300.
Cracks could form in the starting ring-gear and cause it to fracture into several pieces. The broken pieces could be propelled out of the chassis of the machine at high speed, causing serious injury or death to the rider and/or bystanders. The firm has received 10 reports of loose ring-gear attachment bolts or broken gear teeth. No injuries have been reported.
There is also a limited quantity of suspect parts that were sold to consumers for service work or accessory starter installations. These parts could fit various models of snowmobiles and were sold from March 3-Oct. 22, 2007.
Registered owners were notified directly.

University-Developed Sled Used for Arctic Research

The National Science Foundation is using an electric snowmobile built by students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for research in the Arctic, according to an article on the university’s Web site.
The Bucky EV electric snowmobile is on loan to the foundation of Polar Programs for the summer to support climate research projects at the Greenland Environmental Observatory/Summit Camp.
The New York Air National Guard flew the sled to the arctic so it could transport personnel and equipment to the camp and remote surrounding areas. psb

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