About 3,200 Bad Boy Buggy off-road vehicles have been recalled after more than a dozen reports of broken steering controls.
The Bad Boy Buggy recall was announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after BB Buggies Inc. and Bad Boy Enterprises, LLC, received 15 reports that the steering assembly arm had broken. There were no injuries reported in connection to the defective buggies.
The CPSC has determined that the defective steering arms could cause drivers to lose control and pose a crash hazard to consumers.
The recall affects the Bad Boy LT, Classic, XT, XTO and XT Safari model electric off-road vehicles. The vehicles were sold in camouflage, hunter green and black and have “Bad Boy” printed on the side or front.
The buggies were sold nationwide at Bad Boy Buggy dealers from August 2009 through June 2011 for between $7,000 and $15,000.
This is the third Bad Boy Buggy recall in two years. In October 2009, about 3,900 Classic Buggies were recalled after 32 reports of unexpected acceleration, which resulted in a number of minor injuries. The CPSC determined that recall and the resulting repairs failed to solve the problem after another 27 reports of unexpected acceleration were sent in by consumers. Another 9,300 Classic Buggies were recalled as a result in December 2010.
The CPSC recommends that consumers affected by the most recent recall stop using the off-road vehicles immediately and contact an authorized dealer or BB Buggies for a free replacement of the steering assembly. Consumers can call the company at (855) 738-3711 or visit the website at www.badboybuggies.com.