By: Staff Writers | Published: July 16th, 2010
More than 300,000 Baja Motorsports Mini Bikes and Go-Carts have been recalled due to leaking gas caps that could lead to a fire and other problems that could cause sudden acceleration.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the Baja Motorsports recall on Thursday after the manufacturer received at least nine reports of gas caps leaking and detaching. At least one child has suffered a serious burn injury as a result of the defective gas caps.
The mini-bike and go-cart manufacturer has also received at least 25 reports from consumers who said that the throttle on the vehicles got stuck, resulting in some riders suffering a personal injury. According to the CPSC, the sudden acceleration problems are likely due to the fuel line and throttle cable being improperly attached.
The mini bike and go-cart recall affects 308,000 Baja Motorsports Mini Bikes and Go-Carts. The Mini bikes have model numbers beginning with HT65, MB165, WR65, MB196, DB30, WR90 and DR90. The Go-Carts have the model numbers BB65, SF65, DN65 and TR65. Both vehicles have black plastic gas caps. The model numbers for the mini bikes are located on the fenders or fuel tank, and located on the roll cage for the go-carts.
The vehicles were sold at mini-bike and go-cart dealers nationwide and on a number of major retail websites, including Costco.com, Amazon.com, Toysrus.com, Sears.com, Kmart.com and northerntool.com, from November 2004 through June 2010. They sold for between $200 and $2000.
Any consumers who own one of the recalled vehicles should immediately stop using them and contact Baja Motorsports at www.bahamotorsports.net for a free gas cap replacement, as well as to schedule a repair of the fuel line and throttle cable.