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Polaris Recalls 4,000 Sportsman 1000 S and Scrambler 1000 ATVs Due to Fire-Related Injuries

January 09, 2023

According to a news report published on, Polaris is issuing a safety recall concerning its 2020-2023 Polaris Scrambler 1000 and Sportsman 1000 S.

The reason for the recall is a defect that can cause certain 2020-2023 Polaris ATVs to catch on fire potentially injuries the driver and their occupants. The timing of this recall is bad for Polaris because the company has been issuing other safety recalls. At least one report of injuries has been received by Polaris concerning the fire risk. Federal officials stated that there have also been reports of damage to land and forests. 

The Polaris recall affects certain 2020-2023 Polaris Scrambler 1000 and Sportsman 1000 S ATVs, and owners are urged to contact Polaris and provide the company with their vehicle identification numbers (VINs) to see if their ATV is affected by the recall. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that the issue involves an electrostatic discharge that can occur outside the fuel tank. This spark ignited fuel spills during refueling. The urgent safety recall concerns approximately 4,000 ATVs in the United States and about 800 ATVs sold in Canada.

Polaris reported that it had received at least sixteen adverse incidents involving fires. 

The recalled Polaris ATVs were sold in orange, black, gray, graphite, and blue. The company name, Polaris, is stamped on the ATVs' front grille. The words Polaris Sportsman or Polaris Scrambler are printed on both sides of the ATVs. The ATV's model name is also printed on the chassis sides. The ATV's VIN can be found on the ATV's left rear frame. 

The recall announcement states that all purchasers and their families should not use the recalled ATVs until the issue has been repaired by a certified Polaris dealer. Polaris stated that it would instruct certified dealers to install new fuel filler neck clamps and, in some cases, a new fill neck cover. 

Polaris has notified customers and is reaching out to affected registered owners directly. They will provide additional details about the recall's repair. The recalled ATVs were sold by Polaris dealerships nationwide from July 2019 until October 2022. Canadian authorities are also working with the CPSC on this recall. Affected owners should contact Polaris by visiting the company website,, and clicking the "Off Road Safety Recalls" link. 

In 2022, Polaris reported it initiated six safety recalls. Last December, Polaris issued a recall of 9,000 ATVs due to a "fuel leak at the fuel pump outlet connector on the fuel tank." That issue also could cause dangerous fuel fires. 

Did you or a loved one sustain injuries in an accident caused by a defective Polaris ATV? 

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