Baja Motorsports recalls 300,000 units due to fire hazard, stuck throttles

In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Phoenix-based Baja Motorsports is recalling about 308,000 minibikes and go-karts. Consumers should stop using the units unless otherwise instructed, the government says.

According to the CPSC, the gas caps on these units can leak or detach from the fuel tanks, posing a fire hazard. In addition, the throttles can stick due to an improperly positioned fuel line and throttle cable, posing a sudden acceleration hazard.

Baja Motorsports has received at least nine reports of the gas caps leaking and detaching, including one report of a serious burn injury to a child. The firm has also received 25 reports of stuck throttles possibly due to the fuel line and throttle cable being improperly attached, with injuries to the face and other parts of the body reported.

The units, made in China, were sold by various retailers nationwide from November 2004 through June 2010 for between $200 and $2,000. They were also sold on the following websites: Costco.com, Amazon.com, Toysrus.com, Northerntool.com, Sears.com and Kmart.com.

The recall involves minibikes with model numbers beginning with HT65, MB165, WR65, MB196, DB30, WR90 and DR90. It involves go-karts with model numbers BB65, SD65, DN65 and RT65. The model number is located on the minibikes’ fenders and/or fuel tank and on the go-karts’ roll cage. They both have black plastic gas caps.

The government is instructing owners to contact Baja Mototosports (www.bajamotorsports.net) for a free replacement gas cap and to schedule a free repair of the fuel line and throttle cable. The company can be contacted at 888-863-2252 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Posted by Arlo Redwine at DEALER NEWS

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