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POLARIS BESET BY MORE MODEL DEFECTS

A nightmare year-long series of recalls afflicting US powersports manufacturer Polaris Industries continued right up to the bitter end of 2016.

In mid-December, its Indian motorcycle brand began a recall affecting 23,746 units sold into the US domestic market, due to potential fuel leakage. Presumably similar bikes exported to the UK and elsewhere will also be included in an eventually larger tally. These cover model years 2014-2017 Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse, Springfield and Roadmaster products.

The defect involved is the possibility for flexibly-mounted injector fuel rails to come into contact with other components, potentially resulting in a leak and therefore risk of fire. The free-of-charge fix by dealers is installation of a bracket to reduce fuel-rail movement and replace any damaged parts.

And then in the final week of December, Polaris recalled nearly 10,000 Sportsman 570 ATVs, also from model years 2014-2017, suffering from what sounds like an identical fuel-rail issue and fire hazard. The company admitted that it had received 35 reports of damaged fuel rails and leaks on Sportsman ATVs.

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