Asbestos leads to recall of 13,000 'youth' quad bikes

Quad bikes designed for children six-years-old and above are affected.

The presence of asbestos has led to the recall of more than 10,000 quad bikes designed for children.

Quad-bike manufacturer Polaris has recalled twelve models in its "youth" range after testing in the US found asbestos in the brake pads, brake shoes, gaskets and washers.

The importation or use of asbestos has been prohibited in Australia since 2004. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has since triggered a protocol to ensure a whole-of-government response to the potential health hazard.

People riding the quad bikes aren't at as much of a risk as those who are servicing them, says Delia Rickard, deputy chair of the ACCC.

"The presence of asbestos in the quad-bike parts is unlikely to present a safety risk while riding the quad-bike…[It's] 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."

The recalled bikes should only be repaired by qualified personnel, she says. "Any materials containing asbestos must be disposed of at licensed facilities."

The ACCC understands 13,000 quad bikes – sold between 2003 and July 2017 – are affected under the recall.

The affected Polaris models are 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.