Lawyers in our firm have handled a number of cases involving Bad Boy buggies. As a result of their work, Textron Specialized Vehicles and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall on Jan. 11 of about 1,100 Bad Boy off-road utility vehicles to address serious injury risks associated with the vehicles’ lack of seat belts. The recall involves the Bad Boy XTO and Bone Collector XTO model off-road utility vehicles, which come equipped with a bench seat for the driver and front passenger and a rear-facing bench seat for two additional passengers.
These vehicles are very dangerous and have posed a serious threat of injury and death. The vehicles have a high center of gravity, making them prone to roll over. At the same time, the vehicles lack seat belts and doors, leaving occupants with no safety restraints in the event of a rollover.
This combination proved deadly when 14-year-old Cody Pike died in Toombs County, Georgia. The Bad Boy XTO Cody was riding in rolled over in 2014. He was a passenger in the vehicle when the driver made a left-hand turn and the vehicle turned over. Because there were no seat belts or doors on the buggy, Cody was ejected, and was crushed when the 1,700-pound vehicle landed on him. Greg Allen, our most senior Products Liability lawyer, represented the family. Greg had this to say:
While I am glad to see that Textron is recalling these vehicles, I am saddened that it took the loss of a fine young man to bring about this change. His parents, Adam and Debra, were courageous in standing up for their son in the pursuit of justice. Their primary goal in bringing this case was to prevent another family from suffering a loss like theirs.
In addition to Cody’s tragic death, our lawyers have handled a number of other cases involving these vehicles. The recalled vehicles were sold in camouflage, black, white, forest green, flame red, and patriot blue. The brand and model name are printed on the side and front panels. The recalled vehicles have serial numbers ranging from 8000020 through 8004934. These numbers are located the steering wheel column. The recalled utility vehicles were sold at Bad Boy dealers nationwide from November 2010 through June 2013 for between $13,200 and $14,200. All units were manufactured in the U.S.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact Textron or an authorized dealer for a free installation of seat belts. Textron Specialized Vehicles is contacting all known purchasers directly. Textron may be reached by calling toll-free at 855-738-3711 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.badboyoffroad.com.
This recall was prompted by Greg Allen’s good work in exposing the extreme hazard related to the Bad Boy buggies. If you need more information contact Greg at 800-898-2034 or by email at Greg.Allen@beasleyallen.com.
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