Recall of off-road vehicles seeks to prevent accidents, injuries

Many Tennesseans enjoy riding off-road vehicles in their spare time. It’s a great way to enjoy the mountains and other natural beauty of our state. However, it’s essential that these vehicles are working properly. Serious and even fatal injuries can occur when they are not.

Over 4,400 off-road vehicles have been recalled by Bad Boy Buggies for brake issues. The recalled products include electric-powered as well as gas-powered four-wheeled vehicles. They are available in red, green, camouflage and black, with steel frames. Some can carry two people, while others have a rear-facing seat that can accommodate an additional two riders.

The recalled vehicles have improperly-bled brake lines and incorrect adjustments to the parking brake. Both can cause the vehicle to crash. However, fortunately no injuries or accidents have been reported. Consumers are instructed to immediately stop using the vehicles and to contact an authorized dealer or the company. The problems are being repaired at no charge to the customer.

The recalled vehicles were sold between August 2012 and May of this year. They have serial numbers between 8004970 and 8012901. Owners can find the serial number of their vehicle on a label or plate on the steering column.

The models involved are Instinct, Ambush, Recoil, Ambush iS and Recoil iS. The purchase prices ran from $9,600 to $14,400. The model names are on the front and side panels.

Driving off-road vehicles requires skill and caution to prevent accidents. Even when everything is functioning properly, by their very nature, they can be dangerous. However, when a fault in the vehicle causes or contributes to a crash, victims can and should hold the manufacturer responsible in civil court to seek compensation for medical care and other damages. By recalling faulty recreational vehicles of any kind, manufacturers can help minimize their liability and, more importantly, potentially save lives.

Source: Consumer Affairs, “Bad Boy Buggies recalls recreational off-road vehicles” James Limbach, Sep. 26, 2014