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Brake Failure on Defective Yamaha Golf Carts

Monday, April 02, 2018By Nina Shapirshteyn

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a press release about the recall of certain Yamaha golf carts due to defective brake cables. According to the CPSC, the brake cables on these golf carts and personal transportation vehicles (PTVs) can fail, which poses a serious risk of crash hazard to drivers and occupants. At this time, approximately 161,000 golf carts and PTVs are being impacted by this recall. The models involved in the recall are the 2015 through 2018 gas and electric-powered golf carts, PTVs and utility vehicles. These vehicles came in a variety of colors including blue, green, red, white, tan and silver. Listed below are the models currently being recalled by Yamaha.

Yamaha Golf Cart Recall Models

  • 2015-2016 The DRIVE Models- YDRA (gas)
  • 2015-2016 The DRIVE Models- YDRE (electric)
  • 2017-2018 The DRIVE2 Models- DR2A (gas)
  • 2017-2018 The DRIVE2 Models- DR2E (electric)

Defective Yamaha Golf Car Recall Details

At this time, there have been 285 reports of brake cables failing on these golf cars. Thankfully, no serious injuries have been reported yet. If you’re concerned about whether or not your Yamaha golf car is part of this recall, you can find the model and serial numbers on a label under the seat on the left or right side of the car. Model and serial numbers can be checked against a master list on the CPSC’s press release or on Yamaha’s website. If your golf car is being recalled due to a faulty brake cable, stop using it immediately, and call your local Yamaha golf car dealer to schedule a free repair.

When Products Are Dangerous and Defective

Although Yamaha is reportedly contacting all registered owners directly, consumers should always be proactive about checking their vehicles and products for recalls. Unfortunately, history has shown that we just can’t count on corporations and manufacturers to contact owners and get the word out about recalls in an effective and swift manner.

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