Polaris Industries alleged to have manufactured vehicles with history of catching fire

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The makers of off-highway recreational vehicles are alleged to "negligently concealed" that the vehicles have defects that can cause them to catch fire.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The makers of off-highway recreational vehicles are alleged to "negligently concealed" that the vehicles have defects that can cause them to catch fire.

Les Willmon, individually and on behalf of those similarly situated, filed a complaint on April 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Polaris Industries Inc. and Polaris Sales Inc. alleging violation of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff owns a 2016 Polaris RZR 1000 he purchased new from a dealership. He alleges 2013 to 2018 Polaris RZR 900 and 1000 recreational off-highway vehicles have defects that make them "prone to and have a recorded history of catching fire during operation suddenly, without expectation and/or apparently ability to anticipate or predict, resulting in death and catastrophic injury to persons and property."

The suit states the vehicles were developed, designed, assembled and sold by the defendants.

The plaintiff holds Polaris Industries Inc. and Polaris Sales Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to disclose the material safety hazard associated with its vehicles.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, attorneys' fees, costs, and expenses of suit, damages, and such other and further equitable relief as the court deems proper. He is represented by Roger A. Dreyer, Christopher W. Wood and Robert Bale of Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora LLP in Sacramento, California; and Kirk J. Wolden and Clifford L. Carter of Carter Wolden Curtis LLP in Sacramento, California.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California case number 2:18-cv-00789-MCE-EFB

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