The issue revolves around the the upper pinion bearing in the steering rack assembly, which may disengage and cause the driver (or rider, since the Slingshot is technically classified as a motorcycle) to lose control of the vehicle. The recall does not, however, appear to address the secondary issue of the roll hoops, which were, at the time of the stop-sale and stop-ride orders, said to fall short of "Polaris performance specifications."
To deal with the steering issue, Polaris is notifying owners to bring their Slingshots in to their local dealers to have the entire steering rack assembly replaced. All told, 1,896 units – manufactured between August 26, 2014 and January 9, 2015 – are estimated to be affected by the recall.
Report Receipt Date: JAN 21, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V022000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,896
Manufacturer: Polaris Industries, Inc.
Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain model year 2015 Slingshot motorcycles manufactured August 26, 2014, to January 9, 2015, and 2015 Slingshot SL motorcycles manufactured August 18, 2014, to January 10, 2015. In the affected motorcycles, the upper pinion bearing may fail on the steering rack assembly, resulting in the pinion gear disengaging from the steering rack.
If the steering pinion gear disengages from the steering rack, a loss of steering control could result, increasing the risk of a crash.
Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering rack assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2015. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-855-863-2284. Polaris' number for this recall is SLI-15-02.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.