July 16, 1996
Release # 96-167
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Manco Products Announce Recall to Repair
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Manco Products Inc., of Fort Wayne, Ind., is
recalling for repair approximately 300,000 go-karts with exposed rear axles. Riders can be
seriously injured or killed if their long, loose hair or clothing becomes entangled on the
One child died and two others were seriously injured when their hair or clothing became
entangled on the rotating rear axles of Manco go-karts. The children ranged in age from
eight to 11 years old.
The one- and two-seat go-karts are powered by gasoline engines. Some models have brush
bars to protect riders from low tree branches and other foliage. Each go-kart has a black
serial number on a white label located on the floor pan immediately in front of the
All Manco go-karts with an exposed "live" rear axle are involved in this recall.
To determine whether their go-kart is involved in this recall, consumers should stand
behind the kart, with the engine off, and push the go-kart by hand. If the axle connecting
the two rear wheels rotates, the go-kart is subject to this recall.
Outdoor power equipment stores, specialty stores, department stores, and hardware stores
sold Manco labeled go-karts nationwide from January 1972 through June 1996 for about $600
to $2,000. Sears, Roebuck & Co. sold the go-karts under the Sears name from 1977 to
1983. Western Auto has sold the go-karts under the "Phoenix" label since 1987.
Manco has sold the karts under the "Fox" label since 1990.
Consumers should stop using the recalled go-karts immediately and contact Manco at (800)
293-0795. Consumers should provide the model number and serial number of the kart when
calling. Manco will send consumers a free axle guard kit with instructions for easy
installation. Consumers can also contact the Manco dealer from which their go-kart was
purchased for free installation of the axle guard kit.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the
unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the
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