Yamaha has recalled five 2015 and one 2016 model-year golf cars and Personal Transportation Vehicles (PTVs) because of potential cracking of the front wheel hubs, which can cause the front wheels to detach. The recall involves approximately 2,000 vehicles. To date no injuries or incidents have been reported. The following details are from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Units: About 2,000
This recall involves five 2015 and one 2016 model-year golf cars and PTVs. Recalled models include 2015 “The DRIVE PTV”, “The DRIVE EFI”, “Adventurer One”, “The DRIVE”, “The DRIVE Electric” and 2016 “The DRIVE A.C.” The Yamaha logo is printed on the front of the vehicle. The vehicles were sold in various colors including blue, green, red, white, tan and silver. The serial number can be found on a label under the driver’s seat on the left or right side.
Model Names Model Numbers Serial Numbers
The DRIVE PTV YDRAX5 PTV JC0-606306 through 606698
The DRIVE EFI YDRAX5F JC2-209964 through 210300
Adventurer One YTF1AX5F JW6-700581 through 700600
The DRIVE YDRAX5 JW8-513800 through 514310
The DRIVE Electric YDREX6 AC JW9-515401 through 516300
The DRIVE A.C. YDREX6 AC JC3-001701 through 001900
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled Golf Cars and PTVs and contact their local Yamaha Golf Car dealer to schedule a free repair.
Sold at: Yamaha Golf Car dealers nationwide from April 2015 through June 2015 for between $5,900 and $7,500. Yamaha is contacting all registered owners directly.
Distributor(s): Yamaha Golf Car Company, of Newnan, Ga.
Manufactured in: United States
Comment: While this is not a particularly large recall the hazard of the wheels potentially detaching is more serious than in many recalls. Given that the vehicles involved were sold only starting in April of this year and no incidents have been reported, Yamaha seems to have identified the problem pretty quickly.