Textron Specialized Vehicles and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall on January 11.
The recall involves about 1,100 of the Bad Boy XTO and Bone Collector XTO battery-powered off-road vehicles, which are also known as “Bad Boy Buggies” or all-terrain vehicles (ATV).
The lack of seat belts is a serious safety hazard in rollovers. The recalled buggies have two benches — one in front and a rear-facing bench in the back — but no doors to stop occupants from being ejected.
The vehicles’ high center of gravity makes them prone to rolling over, according to lawyers for a 14 year-old boy who died in Georgia.
The boy, Cody Pike, was riding 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. The accident occurred in Toombs County, Georgia, in 2014.
In a separate rollover accident, an adult male driver suffered a serious leg injury related to a recalled Bad Boy off-road vehicle.
The recalled vehicles have serial numbers ranging from 8000020 through 8004934, which are located the steering wheel column.
They were sold at Bad Boy dealerships nationwide from November 2010 through June 2013 for between $13,200 and $14,200, and manufactured in the United States.
Owners are being asked to immediately stop using the vehicles and contact the company to schedule a free seat belt installation.