Polaris youth ATVs recalled after asbestos find

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A nationwide recall of 12 Polaris ‘youth’ quad bikes has been issued following the discovery of asbestos in component parts.

Polaris notified the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission of the risk after testing in the US identified asbestos in brake pads, brake shoes, gaskets, and washers in some of its quad bike models.

The ACCC believe 13,000 affected Polaris quad bikes have been supplied throughout Australia since December 2003 – including the Polaris Ace 150 EFI ATV which we featured in March. It is believed that Polaris only recently became aware of the asbestos presence.

ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard says that consumers should take care.

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"Fortunately, the advice we have currently received indicates the presence of asbestos in the quad bike parts is unlikely to present a safety risk while riding the quad bike," she says. "Nonetheless we are treating this issue extremely seriously and working closely with Polaris to gather all relevant information that enables a fast, efficient remediation of any bikes that contain these parts.

"If you do own a recalled Polaris quad bike, we encourage you to contact your nearest authorised Polaris dealer to arrange the safe replacement of affected parts.

"The presence of asbestos in quad bike parts is considered more likely to present a safety risk to consumers who do home mechanical work on quad bikes they own, and to employees of businesses who repair and service quad bikes," Rickard adds.

The parts believed to be exposed to asbestos are the front brake shoe/pad, rear brake shoe/pad and the heat shield washer. All consumers carrying out repairs and maintenance should take caution.

The Polaris models currently subject to the recall include the Scrambler 50, Scrambler 90, Predator 50, Predator 90, Outlaw 50, Outlaw 90, Outlaw 110, Sportsman 90, Sportsman 110, Ace 150, Sawtooth 200 and Phoenix 200 supplied between 2003 and 2017.

Customers with concerns should contact Polaris on 1800 982 593 or at www.polarisindustries.com.au

                                                                                                                                               

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