By our counting, today marks the ninth time that the Polaris Slingshot has been recalled in the US market, as Polaris Industries is recalling certain 2015-2016 Polaris Slingshot, Slingshot SL and Slingshot SL LE
motorcycles autocycles equipped with a back-up camera.
The issue stems from the fact that the back-up camera may fail internally, which may melt the voltage regulator and also possibly blow the fuse for that circuit. If this occurs, it would prevent the taillight from functioning properly.
If the taillight fails to operate, then the affected Slingshot would fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.
There is also a risk that a melted voltage regulator could cause a fire on the vehicle. In total, Polaris says that 11,371 Slingshots are affected by this recall.
To remedy the issue, Polaris will notify affected owners, and Polaris dealers will inspect and replace the back-up camera, as necessary, free of charge.
This recall is expected to begin December 6, 2018. Concerned Slingshot owners may contact Polaris at 1-855-863-2284, and reference Polaris’ number for this recall, which is T-18-04.
As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.