Families of 2 women who died on ATV in Utah sue Polaris
The families of two Arizona women who died last year in Utah when their ATV caught fire after tipping over have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that made the vehicle: Polaris Industries.
They allege in a lawsuit filed this month that a defect in the Ranger 800 model caused gasoline to come pouring out and engulf Destiny Dixon, 28, and Debbie Swann, 51, in flames before they could unbuckle their seatbelts.
The lawsuit, filed in Minnesota where Polaris has its headquarters, seeks an undisclosed amount of damages.
Polaris is saddened by the tragic accident but stands behind the design of the Ranger, said company spokeswoman Kelly Basgen. She noted in a statement sent by email that the Sept. 2, 2016 roll-over occurred on a “highly technical and very extreme riding area commonly known as the Tip-Over Challenge”’.
“The 2010 Ranger complies with all applicable standards and is safely designed for its intended use,” Basgen said.