Up to 13000 kids' quad bikes could contain ASBESTOS – forcing manufacturer to launch national recall – Daily Mail

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  • A model of children’s quad bikes is being recalled nationally after asbestos fears
  • Polaris youth quad bikes sold after 31 December 2003 are being recalled
  • Front brake shoe, rear brake shoe, front brake pad, heat shield washer and rear brake shoe could contain asbestos
  • Owners will be contacted about recall by a letter to Polaris-registered address 

Ashleigh Davis For Daily Mail Australia

A brand of children’s quad bikes has been recalled Australia-wide after fears parts of the bikes could contain asbestos.

The bike being recalled is the Polaris youth quad bike sold after 31 December 2003, with fears up to 13,000 could be affected.

A recall issued by Product Safety Australia on Monday said parts that could contain asbestos include the front brake shoe, rear brake shoe, front brake pad, heat shield washer and the rear brake shoe.

A brand of children's quad bikes has been recalled Australia-wide after fears parts of the bikes could contain asbestos. Pictured is the Polaris Predator 90

A brand of children's quad bikes has been recalled Australia-wide after fears parts of the bikes could contain asbestos. Pictured is the Polaris Predator 90

A brand of children’s quad bikes has been recalled Australia-wide after fears parts of the bikes could contain asbestos. Pictured is the Polaris Predator 90

The models affected by the recall include the Outlaw 50, 90 and 110, Sportsman 90 and 110, Phoenix 200, Sawtooth 200, Predator 50 and 90, Scrambler 50 and 90 and Ace 150.

The models are advertised as suitable to be used by children aged six and above.

People who have bought the bike can still ride it, but are advised not to perform any maintenance, repairs or modifications on the quad bikes that may contact or disturb the bike parts that may contain asbestos.

Owners will be contacted about the recall by a letter to their Polaris-registered address.  

Polaris youth quad bikes sold after 31 December 2003 are being recalled and up to 13,000 could be affected. Pictured left is the Polaris Outlaw 50 and  right is the Polaris Phoenix 200

Parts in the affected bikes that could contain asbestos include front brake shoe, rear brake shoe, front brake pad, heat shield washer and rear brake shoe.Pictured is Polaris Predator 50

Parts in the affected bikes that could contain asbestos include front brake shoe, rear brake shoe, front brake pad, heat shield washer and rear brake shoe.Pictured is Polaris Predator 50

Parts in the affected bikes that could contain asbestos include front brake shoe, rear brake shoe, front brake pad, heat shield washer and rear brake shoe.Pictured is Polaris Predator 50

Owners of vehicles other than the Ace 150 should contact their nearest authorised Polaris dealer to make an appointment to have any parts that potentially contain asbestos replaced with parts that do not contain asbestos, free of charge.

Ace 150 vehicles will also be repaired free of charge when normal in-service replacement of gaskets is required.

Polaris Australia country manager Alan Collins told the ABC third party testing had identified traces of asbestos, but he said the risk was very low for owners and operators.  

The affected models are advertised as suitable to be used by children aged six and above. Pictured is the Polaris Ace 150

The affected models are advertised as suitable to be used by children aged six and above. Pictured is the Polaris Ace 150

The affected models are advertised as suitable to be used by children aged six and above. Pictured is the Polaris Ace 150

‘The research and very extensive testing that we’ve had completed … has come back that there were no asbestos fibres picked up in the air through the use of those vehicles,’ Mr Collins told the ABC.

‘It’s an extremely low probability that those fibres could’ve been in the air and could’ve hurt the operator of the vehicle or anyone nearby to them.’ 

Mr Collins said they were investigating the cause of the contamination and how it went unnoticed for so long.

More information is available by calling the Polaris Customer Service Department on 1800 982 593 or visiting www.polarisindustries.com.au.

People who have bought the bike can still ride it, but are advised not to perform any maintenance, repairs or modifications.Pictured is the Polaris Sportsman 90

People who have bought the bike can still ride it, but are advised not to perform any maintenance, repairs or modifications.Pictured is the Polaris Sportsman 90

People who have bought the bike can still ride it, but are advised not to perform any maintenance, repairs or modifications.Pictured is the Polaris Sportsman 90

Owners of the affected quad bikes will be contacted about the recall by a letter to their Polaris-registered address. Pictured is the Polaris Sportsman 110

Owners of the affected quad bikes will be contacted about the recall by a letter to their Polaris-registered address. Pictured is the Polaris Sportsman 110

Owners of the affected quad bikes will be contacted about the recall by a letter to their Polaris-registered address. Pictured is the Polaris Sportsman 110

 

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