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Quality Concerns Characterize Off-Highway Vehicle Market, Lead to Recalls

2018-11-13 13:22 Tuesday

According to the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), recreational off-highway vehicles, will experience continuous sales growth over the next several years, following high demand for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Due to recent consumer preferences for a healthy lifestyle, and an increase in recreational activities, spending on leisure and sports has soared in recent years.

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Projections state that the recreational off-highway vehicle (ROVs) market is expected to grow at a 15.9% CAGR over the next decade. Approximately 1,780,000 units of ROVs are expected to be sold worldwide by the end of 2028. However, quality issues associated with ROVs are also numerous. Many prominent carmakers, including Honda and Polaris, have recalled products due to design defects.

Honda has recalled around 65,000 recreational off-highway vehicles from 2016-2017 due to fire and burn hazards. According to Honda, the vehicle's muffler can overheat, which may cause the plastic heat shield to melt or catch fire. To date, Honda has received 22 reports of the muffler plastic shield melting and three reports of muffler plastic heat shield fires. There have been noo injuries reported.

Polaris is also recalling about 1,000 recreational vehicles because the front lower control arms can separate from the vehicle, which could pose a crash hazard. The company says that it has received six reports of lower control arms separating, and no injuries have been reported yet.

CFMOTO Powersports has recalled about 5,300 all-terrain off-highway vehicles (ATVs). Company representatives acknowledged that the fuel hose is prone to cracking, which can lead to fuel leaks, posing a fire hazard for users. No incidents or injuries have been reported yet.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's notice, about 19,500 units of Arctic Cat recreational off-highway vehicles have been recalled after Arctic Cat received 444 reports of the plastic panels behind the operator and passenger seats melting, with five resulting in fires. No injuries have been reported. Of the recalled models, about 14,100 were sold in the United States, along with 5,300  in Canada and 100 in Mexico.

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