|

Bad Boy gets spanked by CPSC for not reporting safety defects

Consumer Reports News: September 26, 2011 09:08 AM

Bad Boy Enterprises, a manufacturer of off-road utility vehicles, has agreed to pay a $715,000 fine for failing to disclose safety defects to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to a press release issued by the CPSC, the company’s Classic Buggies with Series and SePex brand motors, could suddenly accelerate and lead to a crash. There have been two recalls for the defect, one in October 2009 and another in December 2010 when it was uncovered that the first recall didn’t completely correct the problem. There have been at least 50 reports of sudden acceleration incidents, some causing injuries such as broken bones.

Federal law requires manufacturers, distributors and retailers to report to the CPSC within 24 hours after obtaining information about a product safety defect. The reporting requirement can help CPSC to determine if the products presents and unreasonable risk of injury, and if so will work to get the product recalled.

In agreeing to the settlement, Bad Boy Enterprises denies CPSC staff allegations as to the existence of a defect or hazard or that it violated the law.

Don Mays

   

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters! Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Latest From Consumer Reports

NEW CAR REVIEWS
Check out the scary-good car deals for Halloween The big savings you'll find on these models will have you howling.
HDTV ANTENNA REVIEWS
Will cutting the cable-TV cord really save you money? Our TV guy has run the numbers—savings aren't guaranteed.
Air purifiers
AIR PURIFIER REVIEWS
Change your furnace filter now to prevent bad air later This easy maintenance chore will save wear and tear on your furnace, too.
KITCHEN PLANNING GUIDE
You can remodel your kitchen for as little as $5,000 You don't have to spend a ton to get some of our top-rated appliances.
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS & GUIDE
Expert picks: Best holiday gift ideas under $200Video Holiday-shopping season is coming. Find out what to buy.
INVESTMENT GUIDE
A new kind of financial adviser comes at a discount Low-cost robo-advisers offer the basics but not much else—yet.

Connect

and safety with
subscribers and fans

Follow us on:

Cars

Cars New Car Price Report
Find out what the dealers don't want you to know! Get dealer pricing information on a new car with the New Car Price Report.

Order Your Report

Mobile

Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more