E-Z-Go Recalls 22K Golf Carts, Off-Roaders

The CPSC says a displaced ball joint in the vehicles can cause the driver to lose control of steering and possibly crash.

WASHINGTON (AP) β€” Textron Inc. division E-Z-Go is recalling 21,900 TXT golf carts, Cushman shuttle vehicles and Bad Boy off-road utility vehicles due to a potential crash hazard.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the company said Wednesday that the threaded end of a rack rod ball joint can break and the ball joint can become displaced, causing the driver to lose control of steering and possibly crash.

No injuries have been reported, but E-Z-Go said there have been 71 reports of the ball joint breaking, with the ball joint displacing in 13 of those cases.

The four-wheeled vehicles are powered by gas and electricity. They have bench seats.

The vehicles were sold at E-Z-Go and Bad Boy dealers across the U.S. from February through July and cost between $6,650 and $10,650. E-Z-Go and E-Z-Go dealers are contacting known users. The company said consumers should stop using the recalled vehicles and contact E-Z-Go or an authorized dealer for a free repair.

The recall includes TXT Fleet golf carts, Freedom TXT golf carts, TXT shuttle vehicles, Cushman Bellhop shuttle vehicles and ST utility vehicles all with model numbers 2748187 through 2770316. It also includes the Bad Boy Buggies HD, LD and LTO vehicles with model numbers 8000035 through 8002809.

Brand and model names are on the vehicles' side and front panels. Serial numbers are located on a plate or label on the vehicle's exterior below the driver's seat.

Textron, which also makes Cessna jets and Bell helicopters, is based in Providence, R.I. The E-Z-Go unit is based in Augusta, Ga.

For additional information, call E-Z-Go toll-free at 800-774-3946 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET or visit the company's web site at www.ezgo.com.

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