January 12, 2016 — After a serious injury and one death in rollover accidents, Textron has recalled about 1,100 Bad Boy Buggies because they do not have seat belts.
The recall was issued after a lawsuit was filed by the family of a 14 year-old boy who died in 2014 in Toombs County, Georgia.
The boy, Cody Pike, was a passenger in a Bad Boy XTO that rolled over when the driver made a left-hand turn. He was ejected and crushed under the 1,700-pound vehicle.
In another incident, an adult male driver suffered a severe leg injury when his Bad Boy Buggy rolled over. Because the vehicles do not have doors, drivers can easily lose a leg in rollover accidents. In 2013, Textron settled a lawsuit involving a 13 year-old girl who had to have her leg amputated.
Bad Boy Buggies are essentially golf carts that are marketed as off-road vehicles for hunters. The battery-powered, four-wheeled vehicles have bench seats — but they do not have doors, nets, or seat belts.
The recalled vehicles were sold from November 2010 through June 2013. They have serial numbers ranging from 8000020 through 8004934 printed on the steering column connected to the wheel.
Textron Specialized Vehicles, the company that owns BB Buggies Inc. and Bad Boy Enterprises, announced the recall on January 11. They are asking owners to schedule a free seat belt installation. For more information, call 855-738-3711 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.badboyoffroad.com and click on “Recall Information.”
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