Baja Sports has reannounced a dirt bike recall following new fire reports, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The Commission notes that consumers who participated in the March 2011 recall should contact Baja Inc. to determine if a new repair is required.
The prior recall of about 4,300 Baja Sports Dirt Bikes occurred in March 2011; that CPSC announcement can be accessed here.
The Baja Inc. Dirt Bikes were manufactured in China; imported by Baja Inc. d/b/a Baja Motorsports, of Anderson, South Carolina; and sold at Pep Boys and other motor sports stores, nationwide, from December 2010 through January 2012. The recalled dirt bikes retailed for between $450 and $650.
The fuel tank can leak, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. To date, the firm has received 16 reports of fires from leaking fuel, including two reports of minor burns to consumers legs and one report of a minor burn to a consumer’s finger. Ten of the reported incidents, including two of the burn injuries, were received after the initial March 2011 recall announcement.
This recall involves all model DR50 and DR70 Baja dirt bikes that bear a vehicle identification number (VIN) beginning with “L98″ and the letter “B” as the 10th character of the VIN. A yellow dot or line is marked on or near the VIN, as well. The model number and VIN are located on the product data plate, which is located on the side of the “goose neck”; this is where the handlebars meet the body of the bike.
The firm advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled dirt bikes and to contact Baja Motorsports to schedule a free repair. Baja Motorsports can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.863.2252 between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET). Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.bajamotorsports.com