Polaris Industries has issued a recall for their 2013 Ranger® 500 EFI and Ranger Crew® 500 EFI. The vehicles’ throttle cable can melt on the exhaust pipe and fail to operate properly. This can cause the rider to lose control, posing a crash hazard. There has been one reported incident leading to a minor injury. Owners should not use the vehicle and contact a Polaris dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair. The recall involves approximately 16,550 vehicles sold betweenJune 2012 through February 2014.
The following information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice can be used to identify if your vehicle is being recalled.
This recall involves 2013 Polaris Ranger® 500 EFI and Ranger Crew® 500 EFI recreational off-highway vehicles. Model names are on the right and left side of the hood. “Polaris” is stamped on the front of the vehicles above the front grill and “Polaris Ranger 4x4” is printed on the side of the rear bed box.
The Ranger has a bench seat and a rear cargo box. Ranger model colors are black, camouflage, green, and red. Model numbers for the Ranger are R13RH50AG, R13RH50AH, R13RH50AM and R13RH50AR.
The Ranger Crew has a front and a rear bench seat and a rear cargo box. Model numbers for the Ranger Crew are R13WH50AG, R13WH50AH, R13WH50AR and R13WH50AX. Ranger Crew model colors are camouflage, green, red and tan.
Recalled vehicles have a VIN between 4XA******DE210149 and 4XA******DE791730 stamped on the front lower frame rail of the vehicle on the driver’s side. Not all VINs in the range are included in this recall.
Alternatively you can contact Polaris directly toll-free at (888) 704-5290 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online to check your vehicle’s VIN. To check your VIN go to www.polarisindustries.com and select the Services and Support tab, then click on Help Center, then Common Rider Questions, then Service bulletins/recalls to check your vehicle identification number (VIN). Learn more: CPSC.gov
Comment: As UTV recalls go this is a fairly large recall. Using a rough estimate, based on the 21 month time-frame for the sales of the vehicles involved, the recall represents about 3% of the total UTV market for 2013. It could be more or less depending on how sales were distributed across the time period. Many recent UTV recalls have involved fewer than 5,000 vehicles.