Car manufacturer Polaris is recalling thousands of children’s quad bikes after an investigation revealed 12 models made with parts containing asbestos.
The nationwide recall was prompted after the manufacturer ran tests in the United States which identified asbestos in brake pads, brake shoes, gaskets and washers in 12 of its youth models.
Australia’s consumer watchdog says the asbestos-laden parts are unlikely to pose a risk to riders.
But it’s taking the issue ‘‘extremely seriously’’ and working closely with Polaris to hasten the recall of an estimated 13000 bikes sold in Australia since 2001.
‘‘The presence of asbestos in quad bike parts is considered more likely to present a safety risk to consumers who do home mechanical work on quad bikes they own and to employees of businesses who repair and service quad bikes,’’ ACCC acting chair Delia Rickard said.
‘‘The recalled quad bikes should only be repaired by qualified personnel using appropriate safety procedures. Any materials containing asbestos must be disposed of at licensed facilities.’’
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 produced between 2001 to 2017.
Importing and using asbestos has been outlawed since 2004 but the ACCC believes Polaris only recently became aware of the issue.