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Golf Cars Can Catch on Fire, Prompting Recall


By Naomi Millán Grounds Management
Yamaha 2019 UMAX TWO

After 100 incident reports, including five leading to fires, Yamaha has recalled about 16,000 golf cars, personal transportation, and specialty vehicles. A module that regulates power to the vehicle’s USB ports can overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice 19-774.

The recall involves 2017 and 2018 Adventurer Two, 2017 thru 2019 Drive2 Fleet, and 2019 UMAX TWO and Rally models.  See the recall notice for the full list of affected model and serial numbers. On the vehicle, the model and serial number can be found on a label under the seat or cargo bed on the left or right side. The vehicles were sold at Yamaha dealers between June 2016 and June 2019.

Some of the models included in this recall were also recalled in 2018 for a malfunctioning accelerator pedal return spring which posed a crash hazard. 

Facility managers affected by the more recent recall should not use the USB charging device in the recalled vehicles and can contact a Yamaha golf car dealer to schedule a free repair. Yamaha can be reached at 866-747-4027 anytime or online.

Naomi Millán is senior editor of Building Operating Management. Go here for other recent recall notices.

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