The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has urged owners of Polaris youth quad bikes to have their bikes checked urgently.
Mr Chester said the youth quad bikes were subject to a Safety Warning Notice as some models may contain asbestos in brake pads, brake shoes, gaskets and washers.
“The presence of asbestos in quad bike parts presents a risk to those who do their own mechanical work and to others – such as employees on the farm – who might repair or service the bike,” Mr Chester said.
“According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), there are around 13,000 of the affected quad bikes believed to have been supplied in Australia since December 2003.”
”Owners and users should not do any repair or maintenance work on the affected parts of the quad bikes. The current advice from the ACCC is the asbestos is unlikely to present a safety risk while riding the bike.”
Small Business Minister Michael McCormack issued the warning notice on advice from the ACCC. It advises consumers to have their youth quad bikes checked to ensure the safety of those who use them.
Polaris recalled 12 models and various component parts in its youth range of quad bikes supplied from December 31, 2003 to 2017, two weeks ago. The company has since extended its recall to include quad bikes and parts sold from January 1, 2000.
Affected Polaris youth quad bikes should be taken to a Polaris dealership to be repaired by qualified personnel using appropriate safety procedures. Concerned consumers should contact Polaris immediately.
Anyone who has issues having an affected quad bike fixed by Polaris free of charge should contact the ACCC.
The Safety Warning and Recall Notice is available at www.productsafety.gov.au