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Recall: Nearly 22,000 ATVs and utility vehicles for steering problems

Consumer Reports News: December 14, 2011 12:08 PM

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A recall notice has been issued for 21,900 E-Z-Go utility vehicles—Bad Boy ATVs, golf carts, and Cushman shuttle vehicles. According to the U.S. Product Safety Commission, the four-wheeled vehicles have bad ball joints that can break off and cause drivers to lose steering control and possibly crash.

The CPSC says E-Z-GO, a unit of the Textron Company in Augusta, Ga., is aware of 71 reports of ball joints breaking off its vehicles. There have been no reports of injuries.

The problem affects both gas- and electric-powered TXT golf carts, Cushman shuttle vehicles and Bad Boy off-road utility vehicles sold at E-Z-GO and Bad Boy dealers nationwide from February 2011 through July 2011 for between $6,650 and $10,650.

The following E-Z-GO vehicles are affected by this recall:

(Printed on the side of the vehicles.)
Serial Number
(Printed on a plate or label below the driver's seat.)
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

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact E-Z-GO or an authorized dealer for a free repair.

For more information, consumers can contact E-Z-GO at 800-774-3946 or visit its website:

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

Paul Eng

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