By Gerard Rossman
Hot on the heels of a November 2022 recall affecting 2022 to 2023 Matryx snowmobiles, some of which had just arrived at local dealers ahead of winter, Polaris has issued yet another recall on these same vehicles, now at the conclusion of riding season.
Polaris indicates in bulletin S-23-01 this recall is targeted on the handlebar hooks of Matryx PRO RMK and Matryx RMK KHAOS snowmobiles, and has expanded the recall to an approximate 5,491 additional sleds from this 2023-2023 set.
Under certain operating conditions, Polaris has determined the handlebar hooks pose a puncture hazard which could result in serious injury. At this time Polaris has identified two cases of personal injury from this specified part (#1830012-070).
Additionally, a limited number of these affected handlebar hooks may have been sold as service parts.
Owners of these impacted vehicles are advised not to ride or otherwise operate their snowmobiles, and are further advised not to perform any repair procedures or remove the handlebar hooks themselves, with one caveat: if an impacted snowmobile has an aftermarket handlebar hook installed, owners may decline to allow the dealership to perform an OEM update at their own risk and without warranty from Polaris.
Talk with your servicing dealer for more details.
Polaris will otherwise perform any necessary updates free of charge if a unit is determined to be impacted by this recall.
Polaris has not yet indicated a repair procedure for this issue, but will send notice to owners when a remedy is available.
To search snowmobile recalls by model or vehicle identification number (VIN), visit the Polaris Off-Road Safety Recalls page or call Polaris at 800-765-2747.
For more information about this recall, see Bulletin S-23-01, April 13, 2023.
Cover: A Polaris 850 Matryx RMK Khaos Slash 163 is one of the kinds of snowmobiles affected by this recall.
Gerard Rossman is a journalist with Adrenaline Powersports Mag