ASBESTOS in Polaris quad bikes marketed to young people has prompted the Australian supplier to recall 12 of its models.
Polaris conducted recent testing in the USA which identified asbestos in brake pads, brake shoes, gaskets and washers on some of its quad bike models.
The importation or use of asbestos has been prohibited in Australia since 2004, but it is believed Polaris only recently became aware of the presence of asbestos in some of its quad bike range.
The recall was issued Monday, June 19 and a statement was published on the ACCC website.
Burt MHR Matt Keogh urged affected quad bike owners to contact their nearest authorised Polaris dealer to arrange the safe replacement of affected parts.
“I’m particularly concerned that members of the community may come into direct contact with the asbestos in quad bike parts if anyone does ‘at home’ mechanical work on quad bikes they own, and to employees of businesses who repair and service quad bikes,” Mr Keogh said.
The Polaris models currently subject to the recall include the Scrambler 50, Scrambler 90, Predator 50, Predator 90, Outlaw 50, Outlaw 90, Outlaw 110, Sportsman 90, Sportsman 110, Ace 150, Sawtooth 200 and Phoenix 200 supplied between 2003 and 2017.
There were about 13,000 of the affected quad bikes supplied in Australia since 31 December 2003.