You’ve seen them on the roads of North America. They look like the future on three wheels. Sleek and fast-looking (even when parked) the Polaris Slingshot catches the eye and makes it follow along until the Slingshot is out of sight. Unfortunately, according to Motorcycle News, the Slingshot also has some, potentially fatal, flaws. They have been recalled due to a hazardous triple threat of suspension failure, brake failure and risk of fire. The details of the mechanical and electrical flaws are pretty grim:
1. The brake light switch may have been over-torqued. This could result in a loss of brake fluid and subsequent reduction in braking performance.
2. The fuel pipe may have been placed too close to the hood, resulting in an insufficient clearance between the two. This could result in the abrasion of the fuel pipe, which could leak. If this happens in the presence of an ignition source there will be a fire.
3. The swinging arm of the suspension may not have been manufactured to the correct specification, which affects its strength and could cause it to fail. If this occurs, the directional control of the machine would be affected.
Affected are 2015 Slingshots manufactured August 26, 2014-January 9, 2015, and 2015 Slingshot SL’s manufactured August 18, 2014-January 10, 2015. This recall is in addition to an earlier Slingshot recall in Canada. In that instance, per motorcycle.com, a brake pedal issue was recalled for repair.
This news comes at a bad time for Polaris (not that there is a good time for multiple safety recalls). The company was beginning to make sales inroads on CanAm, with has owned the three-wheeled bike market for over a decade.
motorcycle.com, Auto Blog, Motorcycle News
Gildshire Reporter, Kim Hasting