Recall alert: Exploding gas tanks prompt Polaris to recall nearly 140K snowmobiles

Polaris Industries Inc. on Thursday recalled about 138,000 snowmobiles sold nationwide because the fuel tank vapors can ignite, causing the tank to burst and posing a fire hazard.

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Electrostatic discharge inside the fuel tank can spark the vapors, Medina, Minnesota-based Polaris confirmed in the recall notice, issued in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall affects the following snowmobiles:

  • 2021-2023 MATRYX
  • 2015-2022 AXYS
  • 2013-2014 Pro-Ride

An additional 61,000 recalled snowmobiles were sold in Canada, Polaris confirmed.

The affected models were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from October 2011 through August 2022 for between $5,300 and $21,500 each.

Polaris has fielded 30 reports to date of fuel tank bursting, including 16 incidents of fire and one report of a second-degree burn.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled snowmobiles and contact Polaris or an authorized Polaris dealer to schedule a free repair, consisting of replacing the fuel tank assembly.

Consumers may contact Polaris by calling 800-765-2747 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday, or online at

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