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Florida ATV riders get some bad news on safety issues

Polaris 2017 Scrambler XP 1000 has been recalled
Polaris 2017 Scrambler XP 1000 has been recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has delivered some bad news for Florida ATV riders.

▪ Florida drivers appear to have their problems on and off the roads. Florida ranked sixth in ATV deaths from 1982 through 2012, the last year with complete numbers. Ahead of the Sunshine State’s 512 killed on an ATV over those 30 years were Texas (698); California (654); West Virginia (641); Pennsylvania (635); and Kentucky (580).

▪ Kawasaki has recalled about 15,000 ATVs because a fuel tap has shown propensity for leaking. That’s a fire hazard and Kawasaki’s received 18 reports of it happening, according to the CPSC recall notice. Owners of the 2013-2017 models of the KFX50 and or the 2012-2017 versions of the KFX90 should contact Kawasaki at 866-802-9381 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday for a free repair.

▪ Another month, another Polaris recall — that’s nine recalls in the last six months, seven in the last four months for those of with a broken abacus. At least Polaris doesn’t mind admitting a mistake. This most recent problem part, the throttle release switch on the Polaris Scrambler XP 1000, can cause a crash hazard when it fails. In the nine reports of the throttle release switch failing, there were two injuries. The company recommends parking all 2014-2017 Scrambler XP 1000 ATVs until it gets a free repair from Polaris or an authorized Polaris mechanic (you can find one here). Those wishing to contact Polaris can call 800-765-2747 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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