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

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

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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

To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12056.html