Polaris said the right side-panel heat shields on the Sportsman 850 and 1000 can melt, posing burn and fire hazards to riders.

Furthermore, exhaust springs on the 2015 Sportsman 1000 ATV can stretch and damage the exhaust heat seal, resulting in exhaust leaks that could cause severe burns or start a fire.

There have been 793 reports of warped, melted, or burning side panels, as well as 47 fires. Four people suffered minor burn injuries.

The recall involves all model-year 2015 and 2016 Polaris Sportsman 850 and 1000 ATVs. The word “Polaris” is printed on the front grill and “Sportsman 850” or “Sportsman 1000” is printed on the side of the steering column. They were sold in several colors.

The recalled ATVs were sold at Polaris dealerships nationwide from May 2014 through March 2017 for between $8,500 and $15,000.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact Polaris to schedule a free repair. The company is directly contacting all known consumers.

The model number is located on the fuel tank cover. The following models are included in the recall:

Model YearModel NumberModel/Color
2015A15SXA85AJSportsman 850 White Lightning
2015A15SXA85AASportsman 850 Sage Green
2015A15SXA85ACSportsman 850 Polaris Pursuit Camo
2015A15SXE85ASSportsman 850 SP Sunset Red
2015A15SXE85AMSportsman 850 SP Titanium Matte Metallic
2015A15SYE85ASSportsman Touring 850 SP Sunset Red
2015A15SYE85AVSportsman Touring 850 SP Blue Fire
2015A15SXE95AWSportsman XP 1000 Matte White Le
2015A15SXE95AKSportsman XP 1000 SP Black Pearl Metallic
2015A15SXE95ACSportsman XP 1000 Polaris Pursuit Camo
2015A15SYE95AXSportsman Touring XP 1000 Bronze Mist
2015A15SXL95AMSportsman XP 1000 Titanium Matte Metallic
2015A15SYL95APSportsman XP 1000 Touring White Pearl Metal
2016A16SXA85A2Sportsman 850 White Lightning
2016A16SXA85A1Sportsman 850 Sage Green
2016A16SXA85A9Sportsman 850 Polaris Pursuit® Camo
2016A16SXE85ABSportsman 850 SP Velocity Blue
2016A16SXE85ASSportsman 850 SP Sunset Red
2016A16SXN85A3Sportsman 850 High Lifter Edition
2016A16SXE85AMSportsman 850 SP Titanium Matte Metallic
2016A16SYE85ASSportsman Touring 850 SP Sunset Red
2016A16SXE95AGSportsman XP 1000 Matte Sagebrush Green
2016A16SXE95ARSportsman XP 1000 Havasu Red Pearl
2016A16SXD95A9Sportsman XP 1000 Hunter Edition
2016A16SYE95AKSportsman Touring XP 1000 Black Pearl
2016A16SXM95ALSportsman XP 1000 High Lifter Edition
2016A16SYE95APSportsman Touring XP 1000 Pearl White Le

Source: Polaris Recalls Sportsman 850 and 1000 All-Terrain Vehicles Due to Burn and Fire Hazards

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