Razor USA has issued a recall of about 30,000 Dirt Quad Electric Power Ride-On Vehicles for a defective control module on it’s throttle, which can fail and cause this off-road all-terrain vehicle to unexpectedly accelerate forward. Such a failure poses a risk of serious injury to the ATV user or a bystander, according to a Sept. 25 article on the watchdog Web site, Consumeraffairs.com. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has also issued an alert about this defective all-terrain vehicle.

Razor USA, which is based in Cerritos, California, has received 60 reports of these vehicles unexpectedly surging forward. Two of these reports involved injuries. This particular recall involves Razor Dirt Quad electrically powered ride-on vehicles. The product ID numbers included in the recall begin with 103110-01 or 103110-02. These numbers are located on the bar code attached to the right step of the vehicle, on the charger and on the retail packaging. Product ID numbers beginning with 103110-03 or later are reportedly not included in this recall. These defective ATVs, which were manufactured in China, were sold by authorized dealers all over the United States between August 2006 and September 2007 for about $400.

Consumers who own these off-road vehicles are asked to stop using them immediately and contact Razor for a free replacement controller, which is said to fix the problem.
Those who want more information about this recall should contact Razor USA at 1-800-813-3155 or visit the company’s Web site at www.razor.com/recall.

Defective ATVs, off-road vehicles and quads are responsible for hundreds of deaths each year. Crashes involving ATVs often result in catastrophic injuries or deaths. Spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries are quite common and an increasingly high number of these accidents involve children and teens. Lack of supervision, lack of safety gear or lack of adequate training can result in these unnecessary tragedies.

I’m glad that Razor USA has decided to recall these defective vehicles. If you or someone you know has been severely injured, permanently disabled or killed by these ATVs or other brand of off-road vehicles, please call my office to find out how to pursue your legal rights.