We knew it was coming and it was only a matter of time before the bottom fell off of Polaris Industries’ “stop sale, stop ride” order on the three-wheeled Slingshot. Turns out, it didn’t even take a month for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take action.

A week after Polaris issued an order to its dealerships to stop selling the Slingshot and to owners to stop riding them, the NHTSA announced the recall after it was determined that the Slingshot had some issues with certain parts that could cause the rider to lose control of the vehicle. According to the NHTSA, around 1,896 Slingshot units are affected by the recall, specifically those built from August 26, 2014 up until January 9, 2015.

Interestingly enough, the NHTSA’s recall only pointed out the problem with the he upper pinion bearing in the steering rack assembly, which could disengage at any time. What the administration didn’t address was the separate issue regarding the roll hoops, which Polaris described in its stop-sale, stop-ride order as falling short of its own “performance specifications.”

With the recall now in place, owners of the Slingshot are being instructed to bring their trikes to local dealerships where certified Polaris engineers can replace the steering rack assembly entirely.

There you have it. The Polaris Slingshot recall is a go. If you happen to own one that was manufactured between the dates stated above, do the responsible thing and bring your Slingshots to your dealerships so they can be examined and, if need be, repaired back to tip-top condition. It may be an inconvenience, but at the end of the day, it’s still for your own good, and that of those who could borrow your Slingshots for a ride.

Click past the jump to read more about the Polaris Slingshot recall.

Why it matters

It’s been said enough, and yet it doesn’t get said enough, either. Anytime you’re riding a car or a motorcycle, your safety and the safety of those with you should always be your main concern. So in the times when an automaker or a bookmaker takes extraordinary measures through these recalls, it’s incumbent upon you to listen to take action.

I know that it gets really annoying at times, but would you rather be the one who kept your Slingshot and then got into an accident or would you want to be the one who brought your Slingshot at the earliest possible convenience to get them fixed?

I know what my answer is going to be and to be honest, I don’t see any reason why people would even think otherwise. Forget the nuisance because these things happen.

It’s happened pretty much every automobile or motorcycle manufacturer in the world and it’s going to happen again and again. That’s not to say that these companies build substandard products, it’s just that there is what’s called a problematic bunch that fall through the cracks and aren’t in the shape they’re supposed to be in.

So deal with it whenever you can. Hopefully, that "whenever" is right after you read this.

Press Release

RECALL Subject : Steering Rack Assembly may Disengage
Report Receipt Date: JAN 21, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V022000
Component(s): STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,896
Manufacturer: Polaris Industries, Inc.


Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain model year 2015 Slingshot motorcycles manufactured August 26, 2014, to January 9, 2015, and 2015 Slingshot SL motorcycles manufactured August 18, 2014, to January 10, 2015. In the affected motorcycles, the upper pinion bearing may fail on the steering rack assembly, resulting in the pinion gear disengaging from the steering rack.


If the steering pinion gear disengages from the steering rack, a loss of steering control could result, increasing the risk of a crash.


Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering rack assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2015. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-855-863-2284. Polaris’ number for this recall is SLI-15-02.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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