May 6, 1997
Manufacturers Announces Recall of Additional Go-Karts

Six go-kart manufacturers are recalling for repair over 122,000 go-karts with exposed rear axles. Riders can be seriously injured or killed if their long hair or clothing becomes entangled in the rotating rear axle. Since July 1996, two manufacturers have announced recalls for repair of about 305,000 go-karts with this entanglement hazard. The manufacturers participating in this recall have identified other go-karts with this same hazard.

The one- and two-seat go-karts are powered by gasoline engines. All go-karts with an exposed rear axle are involved in this repair program. To determine whether the rear axle is exposed, consumers should stand behind the go-kart, with the engine off, and push the go-kart by hand. If consumers can see the axle connecting the two rear wheels rotating, the go-kart is subject to this repair program.

The manufacturers listed below are participating in this repair program to improve the safety of these go-karts.
Manufacturer                                     Brand Labels                                 Model and Serial Numbers                    Quantity
Avenger Inc.                                     Yellow Jacket                                 Model Number: SST                                83
400 Horseshoe Lake Rd.
Monroe, LA 71203
Collect (318) 322-2007

Bob's Kart Shop                               Grasshoper,                                                                                                          7,000
Route 2, Box 30                                 T.C. Go-Fur,
Sheridan, IL 60551                            and Ground Hawg
Collect (815) 496-2820

Kartco Inc.                                         Kartco and Roadboss                  Model Number: 445                                    750
P.O. Box 110
Sebastopol, MS 39359
(800) 621-2789

Ken-Bar Mfg.                                    Streaker, Sand Dog,                      Model Numbers:                                        75,000
P.O. Box 569                                      Salute to America,                         DD7, DD8, D680, D710,
Cornelia, GA                                     Scorion, and Mud Hog                 D720, D780, D790, D810,
(800) 241-3557                                                                                            D840, S465, SC7, STA8,
                                                                                                                     Serial Numbers:
                                                                                                                     001 to 100000

Minat Inc.                                        U.S. Eagle Series                             Model Number:                                         200
115 East Front St.                                                                                      Eagle I and Eagle II
Annawan, IL 61234
(800) 350-8739

T&D Metal Products                    Klipper Karts,                                   Serial Number:                                          39,000
P.O. Box 73                                     ProKart, Pathwinder,                       EM001 to EM029
Watseka, IL 60970                         Kool Kart Campout,                        and 0030 to 39126
(888) 465-2780                                and Bird Mfg

Outdoor power equipment, specialty, lawn and garden, hardware, furniture, motorcycle, and department stores, as well as Harbor Freight mail order catalogue, sold these go-karts nationwide from August 1976 through March 1997 for about $500 to $2,500.

Consumers should stop using these go-karts immediately and contact the appropriate manufacturer to receive a free axle guard kit with instructions for easy installation.