Potential serious injuries and death may result from riding a defective All-Terrain Vehicle. San Antonio, Texas purchasers and those across the State of Texas and the United States should be made aware that if they purchased a Polaris ATV that was manufactured between January 2009 and August 2009, the vehicle may have a defective front suspension joint stem that can cause the rider to lose control of steering during operation. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recall involves approximately 8,500 Polaris Sportsman 2009 and 2010 models. The specific model numbers are listed at the CPSC recall website.
Many people are injured every year riding ATVs. Some of these injuries are the result of careless driving. However, when the product is defective and steering control is lost, causing injury, paralysis or death, a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident should be conducted. What may have been thought to be momentary carelessness on the part of the driver may very well have actually been caused by a defect in the design or manufacturing process. Texas product liability laws provide for compensation to victims that have been injured as a result of a poor product design, a defective component, or inadequate warnings and instructions on the use of a product.
If you purchased a Polaris Sportsman ATV, stop using it immediately and visit the CPSC website or call your local Polaris dealer to determine whether your vehicle needs to be repaired.