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September 10, 1998

Release # 98-167a
CONTACT: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188

CPSC, Firms Announce Product Recalls

Product: Go-Karts - Tiger Industries Inc., of Mesa, Ariz., is recalling about 1,800 go-karts for repair. The go-karts involved in this recall are the Tiger II, Tiger II EL, Tiger III and Black Max models. The model numbers are not on the karts, but the Tiger logo is located on the floor of the kart. All models are single seat karts powered by gasoline engines. Outdoor power equipment, specialty, and lawn and garden stores in Arizona and Southern California sold the karts from January 1987 through August 1997 for about $750.

Problem: The go-karts have exposed live rear axles, and riders can be seriously injured or killed if their long hair or clothing becomes entangled in the rotating rear axle. To determine whether the rear axle is exposed, consumers should stand behind the go-kart with the engine off, and push the kart by hand. If consumers can see the axle connecting the two rear wheels rotating, the kart is subject to this recall.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

What to do: Stop using these go-karts immediately. To obtain a free repair kit, contact the store where purchased, or contact Tiger Industries by phone by calling collect at (602) 668-1077 or by e-mail at

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 agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to