ATVs, quads, and ROVs are very popular in Texas—many Texans appreciate the chance to enjoy the outdoors on these vehicles. However, these vehicles can be dangerous if the drivers don’t have proper training or safety equipment. Additionally, many manufacturers have recalled their ATVs, quads, and ROVs for several reasons.
Manufacturers recently recalled the Yamaha Wolverine and Polaris vehicles. We’ll explain why they were recalled, why ATVs can be so dangerous, and what you should do in an ATV accident below.
The Yamaha Wolverine
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Yamaha recalled the Yamaha Wolverine because the rear shocks are prone to break, which can cause crashes and serious injuries for drivers and passengers. This specific defect occurred in three models of the Yamaha Wolverine: the RMAX4 1000 XT-R, Wolverine RMAX4 LE, and Wolverine RMAX4 1000. Yamaha sold these vehicles nationwide in the United States from October 2020 until December 2020. There was only one report of the rear shock absorber breaking loose and no injuries were reported from that accident. Yamaha projected that 820 vehicles may have this defect.
If you own one of the above-listed Yamaha ROVs, you should contact an authorized Yamaha dealer to schedule any needed repairs.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Polaris recalled the Ranger and the ProXD. Both vehicles have a defective throttle pedal, causing the pedal to get stuck and slow the vehicle down. Once the pedal is released, the vehicle lurches forward at a high rate of speed, posing a high crash risk.
Polaris sold these ROVs internationally from April 2020 until January 2021. During this time, their customers reported 52 separate crashes caused by the defective pedal. Although no riders reported injuries, six of the reported crashes caused property damage.
Polaris estimated that 15,000 vehicles should be returned for repairs or replacement. Do not hesitate to call the dealer for a repair if you own a Ranger or ProXD. Until the repair is complete, Polaris recommends that you do not use this vehicle.
In July 2021, Polaris experienced another recall on a different ATV. The throttle lever on the ATV failed after damage from shipping. The damage caused five separate issues with the throttle. Four customers reported the throttle breaking and not working, and another reported the throttle sticking. This damage could lead to serious crashes if left unrepaired. Polaris sold these vehicles from November 2017 until April 2020, and the company expects that 2,800 units may have this defect, requiring immediate repairs to avoid the risk of injury.
Even without manufacturing defects, ATVs can be dangerous. Children should not drive ATVs, and all riders should wear proper protective equipment and take a class to ensure they can handle the vehicle. For more information about the dangers of off-road vehicles, see our blog on ATVs.
Contact Sandoval & James
Recalled ATVs and ROVs can pose severe dangers to anyone who rides them. If the throttle sticks, the vehicle can accelerate out of control and cause serious injury or death to the passengers. If you or someone you love was injured by an ATV, ROV, or any other off-roading vehicle, do not hesitate to call Sandoval & James. Our legal team has the experience to help you bring a claim and get the compensation that you deserve.