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

December 14, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 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.

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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                      2748187thru2770316
    ---------------------      ------------------
    E-Z-GO Freedom TXT golf
     cars                      2748187thru2770316
    -----------------------    ------------------
    E-Z-GO TXT shuttle
     vehicles                  2748187thru2770316
    ------------------         ------------------
    Cushman Bellhop shuttle
     vehicles                  2748187thru2770316
    -----------------------    ------------------
    E-Z-GO ST utility
     vehicles                  2748187thru2770316
    -----------------          ------------------
    Bad Boy Buggies HD, LD
     and LTO utility vehicles  8000035thru8002809
    -------------------------  ------------------

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.
Consumer 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.

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12056.html

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 SaferProducts.gov.

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 774-3946
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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