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Suit: Polaris Off-Roaders Have Deadly Design Flaw


Chris Jensen

By Christopher Jensen

A series of fires and recalls involving Polaris off-roaders is caused by a dangerous engine design, according to a class-action suit filed earlier this week in federal district court in Minnesota.

The suit says Polaris concealed the defect from owners who will suffer an economic loss because the problem is not easily corrected.

A Polaris spokeswoman said the company does not comment on litigation.

The suit blames the “unusually high-powered ProStar engine,” saying its design  “creates a significant and unreasonable risk of the vehicles overheating and catching fire.”

Polaris is the country’s largest manufacturer of off-highway recreational and all-terrain vehicles and over the last decade it has been struggling with recalls and fires linked to at least three deaths.

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