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CPSC announces large-scale recall of golf carts for steering defect

Now that the weather conditions are finally improving in most of the country after a long and especially harsh winter, people will once again be free to resume their favorite outdoor activities.

For some, this will mean grabbing baseball or softball equipment, while for others it will mean gathering up gardening equipment or retrieving a fishing pole. For a very large number of people, this will mean taking their golf clubs out of storage, and heading straight to their local course or driving range.

However, before heading out to play the back nine, golfers here in California and across the U.S. will likely want to ask the course manager as to whether they've taken steps to address a very important recall concerning a very popular piece of golf equipment.

Earlier this week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that the E-Z-GO Division of Textron, based in Providence, Rhode Island, was officially recalling roughly 30,000 golf carts and buggies over a potentially dangerous defect.

The CPSC release indicates that the recall stems from a "steering wheel nut [that] may not have been tightened sufficiently, reducing the driver's steering control."

The 30,000-some recalled E-Z-GO, Bad Boy Buggies and Cushman cart models, sold between August 2012 and February 2013, include the following:

  • One bench seat and one rear-facing seat models: E-Z-GO TXT Fleet golf cars; E-Z-GO Freedom TXT, Shuttle 2+2 TXT and Valor personal golf cars 
  • Two bench seats and one rear-facing seat: E-Z-GO Express 
  • Cargo bed models: E-Z-GO Terrain; 
  • Assorted models: Cushman Shuttle vehicles; and Bad Boy Buggies HD, LD, LTO, and LT Safari utility vehicles

Repairs will be made at local dealerships free of charge.

Fortunately, only one minor personal injury has been reported in connection with the defect, as a golfer suffered a chipped tooth after losing control of the cart and crashing into a curb.

Given the number of people that will be hitting the links over the coming weeks coupled with the fact that golf carts don't have seat belts and are often driven in less than ideal circumstances, we can only hope that this number continues to remain low and that the necessary fixes are made sooner than later.

Always remember to consider speaking with an experienced attorney to learn more about your rights and options for seeking justice if you have suffered serious personal injuries or lost a loved one because of a defective product.

Source: The New York Times, "30,000 golf carts and 4,000 heavy duty Ford trucks recalled," Christopher Jensen, April 22, 2014

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