Recalls and safety bulletins are a normal course of business, especially for brand new models and in particular, those that that differ significantly from a manufacturer’s other products. It’s not entirely surprising, therefore, that the Polaris Slingshot has a few teething issues, with Polaris issuing a stop sale and stop ride notice on the three-wheeler to correct two separate issues.
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A letter signed by Mike Jonikas, Polaris vice president of Slingshot, addressed to SlingshotForums.com explains that some vehicles may have defective ball bearings in the steering rack which may result in an unexpected loss of steering control. A separate letter addressed to dealers was also posted on the forum, reconfirming the problem.
In an unrelated issue, the notices also explains Polaris is voluntarily replacing the roll hoops on certain Slingshot vehicles. A part supplier informed Polaris that the roll hoops, located behind the driver and passenger seats, may not be up to Polaris’ specifications.
Formal safety bulletins will be sent to dealers this week with service parts to follow before the end of the month. We’ll have more information if/when a full recall is announced through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.