Marines are still using these ATVs after more than 180s fires in civilian versions prompt multiple recalls
Marine special operators are still using the militarized version of a lightweight off-roading vehicle that has reportedly caught fire more than 180 times, killing four people and injuring 30.
Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command has not received any manufacturing recalls on the more than 50 Polaris MRZR vehicles Marine Raiders began using in 2014, said Gunnery Sgt. Lynn Kinney, a command spokeswoman.
The New York Times reported last week on the 10 recalls Polaris Industries had issued for fire hazards on its RZR vehicles between 2013 and 2018. There are dozens of social media posts showing the vehicles burning, the paper reported, and the accidents have led to a host of lawsuits, including wrongful death and personal injury claims.
Kinney said MARSOC takes the safety and security of Raiders seriously at all times.
The command is still using its MRZRs for training and overseas missions, she said, along with some commercial Polaris vehicles MARSOC has in its inventory. They haven’t had problems with any of the vehicles, she added.
Officials with Polaris Government and Defense, which designs the MRZR version of the vehicle Marines use, did not immediately respond to questions about whether that model has experienced any fire safety issues.
U.S. Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines prepare to begin a patrol in the Polaris MRZR all-terrain vehicle.
(U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte)
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