E-Z-GO Recalls Golf Cars, Shuttles and Off-Road Utility Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 14, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: TXT golf cars, Cushman shuttle vehicles and Bad Boy off-road utility vehicles

Units: About 21,900

Manufacturer: E-Z-GO, a Textron Company, of Augusta, Ga.

Hazard: The threaded end of the rack rod ball joint can break and the ball joint can become displaced, causing the driver to lose steering control. This can result in a crash.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of 71 reports of the ball joint breaking, 13 of which resulted in the ball joint displacing. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled vehicles are gas- and electric-powered, four-wheeled vehicles with bench seats for the driver and passengers. The following models are included:

Model Serial Number
E-Z-GO TXT Fleet golf cars 2748187 thru 2770316
E-Z-GO Freedom TXT golf cars 2748187 thru 2770316
E-Z-GO TXT shuttle vehicles 2748187 thru 2770316
Cushman Bellhop shuttle vehicles 2748187 thru 2770316
E-Z-GO ST utility vehicles 2748187 thru 2770316
Bad Boy Buggies HD, LD and LTO utility vehicles 8000035 thru 8002809

The brand and model names are printed on the side and front panels of the vehicles. Serial numbers are printed on a plate or label located on the exterior of the vehicle below the driver’s seat.

Sold at: E-Z-GO and Bad Boy dealers nationwide from February 2011 through July 2011 for between $6,650 and $10,650.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact E-Z-GO or an authorized dealer for a free repair. E-Z-GO and E-Z-GO dealers are contacting known owners.

Customer contact: For additional information, contact E-Z-GO toll-free at (800) 774-3946 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET or visit the firm’s website at www.ezgo.com

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on www.saferproducts.gov

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: www.saferproducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.

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