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Polaris Slingshot Roadster Recalled for Steering Rack Defects

By    |   Friday, 30 Jan 2015 08:29 AM

Polaris has recalled its Slingshot roadster after issuing "stop sale" and "stop ride" orders earlier this month in connection to problems with bearings in the steering rack that could cause a driver to lose control.

Dealers around the country are receiving parts to fix the steering problems with the new roadster, according to Autoblog.com. The website said 1,896 units made from Aug. 26 to Jan. 9 are included in the recall.

"Please refrain from operating any Slingshot vehicle until the necessary updates are completed," company vice president Mike Jonikas said in a statement Tuesday. "Polaris is working overtime to swiftly provide replacement parts for the entire steering rack and both roll hoops."

"Naturally, we want to provide authorized Slingshot dealers with immediate parts availability, which is nearly impossible despite our intense efforts for speedy implementation of these service bulletins," he continued. "We are happy to report that as of today, 50 percent of the replacement parts for customer owned Slingshot vehicles have already been shipped from Polaris to dealers."

Jonikas said all the needed replacement parts should be shipped to Slingshot dealers by Friday.

Motorcycle.com reported that Polaris learned of the steering problem on Dec. 29 when a customer reported losing control while maneuvering at a slow speed. The company received another report on Jan. 6 of a strange noise coming from a vehicle, triggering an investigation.

An analysis showed that a faulty bearing may be the root of the problem, Polaris noted, according to Motorcycle.com. Polaris received a third call on Jan. 14 and proceeded with a safety recall the next day.

The three-wheel, 1,700 pound Slingshot entered the market with much fanfare in September. There were initial concerns about the Slingshot being classified as a motorcycle by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"When you ride a Slingshot, you're assuming the same safety risks that you do when you ride a motorcycle, so don't get lulled into a false sense of security because there's some bodywork around you," Forbes' Jason Fogelson wrote. "This is a very risky vehicle to ride, just like any other motorcycle."

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Polaris has recalled its Slingshot roadster after issuing "stop sale" and "stop ride" orders earlier this month in connection to problems with bearings in the steering rack that could cause a driver to lose control.
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