On June 30, 2015, EZ-GO announced a recall that affects approximately 8,200 gasoline-powered EZ-GO golf carts. The recall includes shuttles and utility vehicles. The recall occurred because of an elevated risk of fire. The eight models affected by this recall include four models: the EZ-GO TXT Fleet, EZ-GO TXT 2+2, EZ-GO Freedom TXT and EZ-GO Valor. The recalled shuttles include the E-Z-GO Express and Cushman Shuttle while the lone utility vehicle in the EZ-GO golf cart recall is the EZ-GO Terrain.
Gas Tank Leaks Pose Fire Hazard
The recall of EZGO gas golf carts was issued voluntarily by the Augusta, Georgia, company. EZ-GO is a division of Textron Inc. The recall was issued after internal research discovered that the gas tanks in the affected models might leak, posing a fire hazard. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), no actual incidents have occurred. There have been no consumer complaints, and no injuries have occurred. The recall was initiated proactively in an attempt to stop incidents before they happen. EZ-Go is instrumental in protecting the health and safety of the American public.
Identifying Recalled Vehicles
All of the recalled golf carts, utility vehicles and shuttles were sold between January 2015 and May 2015. Only authorized EZ-GO and Cushman dealers across the U.S sold the carts. The EZ-GO Terrain and Cushman Shuttles have bench seating for the driver and front passenger and by the cargo bed in the rear. The identification of each make and model is on a label on the front and side panels for easy verification.
If you own or drive any of these models, you are advised to check the vehicle date code. The code is on a metal plate or glossy label directly below the driver’s seat or seat cushion. The date codes on EZ-GO and Cushman vehicles consist of a single letter followed by four numbers. The letter corresponds to the month beginning with G for January, but the letter I is not used. The first two digits refer to the day of production while the last two digits are the year. The vehicles will have date codes from G2015 (January 20, 2015) to L0515 (May 5, 2015).
EZ-GO Golf Cart Recall – What to Do
- Freedom TXT
- TXT 2+2
- Cushman Shuttle
Date Of Manufacture:
Manufactured from January 20 to May 5, 2015.
If you own any of these vehicles, you should cease using it immediately. However, Textron Inc. has released a statement. The statement warns owners to leave the fuel tank half empty. This warning applies to owners who decide to operate the recalled vehicles against recommendations. Leaving less fuel in the fuel tank should reduce the risk of injury.
Repairs made to recalled vehicles are free of charge. All you have to do is take your vehicle to an authorized dealer or service centre. If you cannot locate an authorized dealer near you, you may contact EZ-GO headquarters directly by calling (844) 725-7212 during business hours. You may also contact EZ-GO and Cushman through their official websites: www.EZGO.com and www.Cushman.com.
Other E-Z-GO Recalls
Even though an 8,200-vehicle recall is quite sizable, it is not the largest in the company’s history. In April 2014, there was a recall of more than 30,000 vehicles with faulty steering wheels. These included the Freedom TXT, Shuttle 2+2 TXT, EZ-GO Express, EZ-GO Terrain and EZ-GO Valor. The steering wheels may not have been tightened satisfactorily during production. This defect could result in decreased handling and loss of control. These vehicles sold from August 2012 to February 2013. The issue allegedly caused one injury.
In 2005, another recall affected 60,000 EZ-GO Fleet, EZ-GO Freedom and Shuttle 2+2 carts. The vehicles had engines that could run hot. The increased temperature allowed fuel to leak into the air filter. The recall happened after twelve fires, but there were no injuries in any of the incidents. This recall is the fourth significant EZ-Go golf cart recall in the United States.
EZ-GO Golf Cart Recall – Safety Tips
EZ-GO is a world-renowned golf cart manufacturer that has been in business since 1954. Everyone at EZ-GO, from executives to technicians, strives to design, build and repair golf carts, low-speed vehicles (LSVs), utility vehicles and shuttles with the safety of passengers and drivers in mind. The company issues the recall in a timely and proactively when problems occur, or there is a risk of injury. Drivers should always take safety into their own hands. EZ-GO suggests following these rules at all times:
- Always thoroughly read the owner’s manual and all warning labels before operating any EZ-GO vehicle.
- Each driver should hold a valid driver’s license.
- Operate vehicles on public streets only when permitted by state and local law.
- Only operate vehicles when passengers are sitting.
- Passengers should hold railing or support handles.
- Drive slowly in congested traffic, on wet or unstable terrain, while in reverse and when turning.
- Avoid sudden stops.
- Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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