A recall of a large number of Polaris youth quad bikes sold in Australia has been initiated after it was determined that some of the vehicles components could contain asbestos.
The recall is being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and affects Polaris youth quad bikes sold locally since the 1st of January 2000.
There are concerns components including brakes, gaskets and clutch components could contain the potentially deadly fibre.
The recall affects the following Polaris models:
- Scrambler 50
- Predator 50
- Outlaw 50
- Scrambler 90
- Scrambler 90X
- Predator 90
- Sportsman 90
- Outlaw 90
- Outlaw 110
- Sportsman 110
- Ace 150
- RZR 170
- Phoenix 200
- Sawtooth 200
And there are concerns that parts sold for these Polaris vehicles sold over that same period, including brake shoes and pads, washers, and gaskets could also be affected.
The recall notice advises that certain parts in the affected quad bikes (and some of these parts sold as spare parts) may contain asbestos.
The importation of asbestos or goods containing asbestos into Australia has been prohibited under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 since 31 December 2003.
What are the hazards?
Available information indicates that these quad bikes do not pose a measurable health risk through normal use.
Consumers should not perform any maintenance, repairs or modifications on these quad bikes that may contact or disturb the bike parts that may contain asbestos – brake parts, gaskets, clutch carrier and heat shield washers, secondary sheave, cylinder head and engine, depending on the vehicle.
What should Polaris owners do?
The ACCC warns owners not to perform any maintenance or repairs on these quad bikes that involves contacting or disturbing any potentially affected parts.
Owners will be contacted about this recall by a letter to their Polaris-registered address.
Further information is available by phoning the Polaris Customer Service Department on 1800 982 593 or visiting www.polarisindustries.com.au.
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