Polaris Recalls Sleds for Steering Hazard

Polaris Industries Inc. has recalled about 1,380 snowmobiles with electric starts and 1,940 electric start kits designed to be installed on certain 2005 or 2006 snowmobiles.
The recall includes 2006 Polaris 700IQ Classic, 700 IQ Touring, Select Model Year 2005 900 Fusion, 900 RMK, 900 Switchback, Select Model Year 2006 700 IQ Fusion, RMK, and Select Model Year 2006 900 Fusion, RMK Switchback Snowmobiles with Accessory Electric Start Kits.
The sleds were sold nationwide from August 2004 through March 2006 for between $10,000 and $12,600.
The Medina, Minn.-based manufacturer says the fastener torque securing the starter motor to the engine crankcase may not have been accurately applied during the manufacture of these snowmobiles or during the installation of an accessory starter. The company says an improperly torqued starter motor fastener bolt may become loose and fall out allowing the bolt to interfere with the lower steering drag link. This could allow the consumer to experience a loss of steering control.
Polaris has received 18 reports of incidents involving loss of steering ability, with one reported minor injury.
Polaris says consumers with recalled snowmobiles are being sent direct notice. Consumers are asked to stop using the vehicles immediately and to contact a local Polaris snowmobile dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair.

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