May 6, 1997


Release # 97-118

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 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, CPSC and 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.

Since July 1996, CPSC has received reports of one child who died and two children who were seriously injured in go-karts. The go-karts involved in these incidents were recalled by another manufacturer last year. CPSC has also received one report in which an adult alleges that she was seriously injured when her hair became entangled in the rotating rear axle of a T&D Metal Products go-kart.

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.

ManufacturerBrand LabelsModel and Serial NumbersQuantity
Avenger Inc.
400 Horseshoe Lake Rd.
Monroe, LA 71203
Firm out of business
Yellow Jacket Model Number: SST 83
Bob's Kart Shop
Route 2, Box 30
Sheridan, IL 60551
Collect (815) 496-2820
T.C. Go-Fur,
and Ground Hawg
Kartco Inc.
P.O. Box 110
Sebastopol, MS 39359
(800) 621-2789
Kartco and Roadboss Model Number: 445 750
Ken-Bar Mfg.
P.O. Box 569
Cornelia, GA
(800) 241-3557
Streaker, Sand Dog,
Salute to America,
Scorpion, and Mud
Model Numbers:
DD7, DD8, D680, D710,
D720, D780, D790, D810,
D840, S465, SC7, STA8,
STA9, and SD11

Serial Numbers:
001 to 100000
Minat Inc.
115 East Front St.
Annawan, IL 61234
Firm out of business
U.S. Eagle Series Model Numbers:
Eagle I and Eagle II
T&D Metal Products
P.O. Box 73
Watseka, IL 60970
(888) 527-7787
Klipper Karts,
ProKart, Pathwinder,
Kool Kart Campout,
and Bird Mfg
Serial Numbers:
EM001 to EM029
0030 to 39126

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. If the manufacturer is out of business or if consumers are not sure of the go-kart manufacturer or have questions about this recall, they should call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772.