Polaris has issued a stop sale/stop ride notice for a welding issue that could, theoretically, cause your brake pedal to fall off. While Polaris does frequently issue recalls, a stop sale notification is a little bit different. It indicates that dealerships must fix this issue before selling the vehicle.
Polaris’ current notice says that it only affects some 2021 General 1000, General 4 1000, General XP 1000, and General XP 4 1000 vehicles. The total number of affected vehicles is approximately 1,600 worldwide. You can plug your VIN in on the Off-Road Safety Recalls page to see if your vehicle is affected by this or any other Polaris General recall.
There’s good news and bad news with this one. The bad news is that the issue comes in the form of an improper weld on the brake pedal. This is where the brake pedal mounts to the electronic power steering mounting bracket. Basically, your brake pedal could fall right off if you don’t get it fixed.
The good news is that this was discovered at a dealership on a fresh machine. There are no reports of any accidents or injuries related to this. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the notice however. Instead, just consider it lucky that they caught this manufacturing defect relatively early.
If your vehicle is affected, you should stop riding immediately. Give your local dealer a call to set up a repair as soon as you can. It’s best not to mess around when there are big issues like this.
Make no mistake, a stop sale/stop ride notice is almost the same as a recall. A “stop sale” usually means that there’s not an official fix yet, but that doesn’t mean you should just keep on riding with your bunk brake pedal. A full-fledged recall should be issued soon once a plan is in place to repair or replace the offending part. Either way, your best bet is to contact your dealer, see if they have a fix ready, and get it taken care of ASAP.
You’re probably frustrated that there’s a defect on your machine and now you’ve got to take time out of your day to get it fixed. Channel that frustration into reading more about recalls in the UTV industry. They’re not going away anytime soon, but they do help make you safer.