On August 19, 2019
, Club Car issued a recall
for their Precedent, Tempo, Onward, and Villager model gas transport and golf carts
. According to the recall, number 19-770
, an improperly-routed fuel line in the vehicles can leak
. The fuel leak poses a significant fire and burn hazard. Approximately 9,000 units have been affected by the recall in the U.S. alone
The recall involved the 2019 models of the Precedent, Tempo, Onward, and Villager vehicles (all gas-powered)
. Specifically, the recall includes the following golf carts (note that the format used below is model name, model number, and serial number range):
The defective golf carts
- Tempo Gas, BX (BX1905-944274 to BX2003-039920)
- Tempo Gas 2+2, BY (BY1910-953754 to BY2002-039481)
- Onward 2 Pass Non-Lifted Gas, BQ (BQ1924-981193 to BQ2003-041072)
- Onward 4 Pass Non-Lifted, BS (BS1910-953760 to BS2003-041012)
- Onward 4 Pass Lifted Gas, BW (BW1910-953767 to BW2003-041068)
- Precedent Villager 2 Gas, BJ, (BJ1910-953915 to BJ2002-039525)
- Precedent Gas EFI 2P, DF (DF1929-987941 to DF2002-039479)
- Precedent Villager 4 Gas, DJ (DJ1929-987934 to DJ1950-034968)
- Onward 6 Pass Non-Lifted Gas, AY (AY1945-024474 to AY1949-033252)
- Onward 6 Pass Lifted Gas, AW (AW1945-024474 to AW2003-041004)
were sold at Club Car dealers around the U.S. from August 2018 to July 2019. The golf carts were sold for approximately $7,000 and $11,000 each
According to the recall
, there have been at least three reports of the vehicles having fuel leaks
; however, there have been no reports of fires or any sort of injuries (including burn injuries). The recall suggested that all consumers should stop the use of the defective vehicles and contact the company for a free repair
. The company is actually reaching out to the owners of the defective products directly.
When products are recalled, companies generally try to make things easy for consumers who own the defective product; they might offer free repairs or refunds. Although following the suggestion of the company is a simple solution for the parties who were completely unaffected by the defective product, following company suggestions is usually the worst thing to do if you suffered any sort of harm in association with the defective product.
If you were harmed by a defective product, it is essential that you seek legal assistance immediately instead of following any of the company suggestions. Without a doubt, you should stop using the defective product immediately, but you should never do anything else that Club Car might have suggested. Rather, you should contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group.
Downtown L.A. Law Group
is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling a variety of claims and fighting for the rights of injured victims and their families. At our firm, we are dedicated to ensuring that all affected parties have access to all the information that they need to pursue their claims. If you would like to learn more about the possibility of taking legal action against a company that made a defective product available for purchase, do not hesitate to contact our experts as soon as possible.
What Should You Do?
After being harmed by a defective product, there are a number of things that you should do; there are also a number of things that you should not do. Consider the following comprehensive list:
- Immediately stop using the defective product
- Seek medical attention, explain exactly what caused your injuries
- Take photos of your injuries
- Take photos of the defective product
- Contact the company to report the defective product and the harm suffered
- Do not agree to a free repair
- Do not attempt to repair the defective product yourself (no tampering)
- Do not allow the company to pick up the defective product (do not return the product)
- Do not agree to a full or partial refund
- Gather all records associated with the purchase of the defective product
- Gather witness information
- Seek legal assistance immediately
When you follow the recommendations above, you are essentially gathering the tools necessary and preparing to file a claim. Even if you are not immediately thinking about suing Club Car, you must follow the steps above to ensure that you are prepared whenever you are ready to take legal action.
Understanding Liability for Harm Caused by Defective Products
Without a doubt, you have the right to take legal action against a party that negligently contributed to your injuries
, but why do you have the right to sue. When you are injured by a defective product, your right to sue is based on product liability. Based on product liability, all companies have a specific duty of care towards their consumers. They must ensure that all of their products are completely safe to be used before making them available for purchase. This means that companies must identify and address any hazards in their products prior to releasing them to consumers. Whenever they release defective products
, they are breaching their duty of care towards consumers – they are also creating the risk of their consumers being harmed.
Whenever an innocent consumer is harmed by a defective product
, the company could be hold accountable for all the harm suffered. After all, the consumer would not have suffered any harm if the company would have exercised their duty of care to ensure that they product was free of any hazards prior to being made available to the public.
Learn more about your legal options: call (888) 649-7166 to speak with a representative now.
If you would like to learn more about liability for the harm suffered by defective products, do not hesitate to contact us
at your earliest convenience. Our experts are ready to evaluate your claim and help you understand how Club Car is liable for the harm that you suffered.
You Could Sue and Recover Compensation
If you were harmed in any way as a direct result of a defective product, such as the defective golf and transportation vehicles made available by Club Car, you will likely have grounds to file a claim. You could also recover compensation. In general, claimants could be eligible to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain/suffering, property damage, loss of consortium, funeral/burial costs, and punitive damages. The type and amount of compensation that you could receive will be based on the details of your claim; therefore, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance immediately.
When you allow the experts at our firm to handle your claim, you will have a thorough understanding of the value of your claim and of the compensation that you could receive. Our experts will always do everything within their reach to ensure that you can recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim. We will aggressively negotiate until you are awarded the compensation that you deserve.
The Statute of Limitations
All parties that are interested in pursuing claims and fighting for their right to recover compensation must be aware of the fact that all claims are subject to strict deadlines. Specifically, your claim is subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is a specific timeline that determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. Product liability claims in California
are typically subject to a two-year statute of limitations. When claimants fail to file within the appropriate length of time, claimants will lose their right to sue. Is your claim subject to a two-year deadline? Because of exceptions that could apply, it is always impossible to discuss these deadlines with an attorney.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If you are in need of legal assistance after being harmed by a defective product, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible. The experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group
are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome. When you contact our firm, you could benefit from our free legal services – which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available answering to answer all questions and address all concerns – making all relevant information available to you. Our free legal services are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee (you will never have to worry about paying any upfront legal fees). Our firm is also strictly based on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after reaching a successful claim outcome. If you are ready to discuss your defective golf cart case with the product liability lawyers
at our law firm, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at (888) 649-7166
as soon as possible – we are ready to fight for your rights.