More than 15,000 'Polaris' youth quad bikes are being recalled following the discovery of asbestos in brake pads, brake shoes, gaskets and washers in 12 of its models.
Remaining undisturbed, the toxic substance is said not pose a risk to riders, however workers and individual owners who complete repair work on the bikes are at risk of exposure. In response to the issue, car manufacturer Polaris Industries and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are working closely to recall the affected bikes.
Produced between January 2000 and 2017, the affected Polaris models are the Scrambler 50, Scrambler 90, Predator 50, Predator 90, Outlaw 50, Outlaw 90, Outlaw 110, Sportsman 90, Sportsman 110, Ace 150, Sawtooth 200 and Phoenix 200.
Although asbestos importing was banned in 2003 we continue to see contaminated products slip through our borders. In July 2016, another national alert was issued following three construction projects confirmed as having been supplied with asbestos containing products from Yuanda Australia.
Any person exposed to asbestos is at risk of developing an asbestos related injury or illness.
If you have developed an asbestos related injury or illness you may be able to claim compensation, even if your exposure to asbestos was many years ago. Call our friendly team today on (03) 9321 9988 to discuss your potential entitlements.