The throttle cable can melt in proximity to the exhaust pipe, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
A damaged throttle cable can cause the driver to lose control.
The recall involves 2013 Polaris Ranger 500 EFI and Ranger Crew 500 EFI vehicles.
The vehicles are made for off-road use. They include a bench and a cargo box. The Ranger models come in black, red, green, tan and camouflage.
Polaris said it had received one report of an accident that resulted from a damaged throttle cable. The accident involved minor injuries.
Consumers were advised to stop using the vehicles and contact Polaris of Medina, Minn., for a free inspection and repair.
The Ranger and Ranger Crew vehicles under recall were imported from Mexico and sold from June 2012 through February 2014 for between $9,300 and $11,000.
Consumers can call 888-704-5290 for information.