Baja Motorsports recalls dirt bikes a second time: CPSC

Previously recalled Baja Motorsports dirt bikes may have additional problems, a new recall on the bikes from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission indicates.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Baja Inc., d/b/a Baja Motorsports, of Anderson, NC, announced a voluntary recall of approximately 4,300 dirt bikes, previously recalled in March 2011.

The CPSC indicated that all consumers who participated in the March 2011 recall should contact Baja Motorsports, to see if a new repair is required. The hazard, they indicated, is that the fuel tank can leak on the dirt bikes, creating a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

At this writing, Baja Motorsports 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 March 2011 recall announcement, today’s recall announcement indicated.

According to the CPSC, this recall involves all model DR50 and DR70 Baja dirt bikes with vehicle identification number (VIN) beginning with "L98;" having the letter "B" as the 10th character of the VIN; and having a yellow dot or line marked on or near the VIN. The model number and VIN are located on the product data plate, which is located on the side of the "goose neck,” i.e. where the handle bars meet the body of the bike.

These Baja Motorsports dirt bikes were sold at Pep Boys and other motor sports stores nationwide from December 2010 through January 2012.

The dirt bikes were manufactured in China.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dirt bikes and contact Baja Motorsports to schedule a free repair.

For additional information, the CPSC says to please contact Baja Motorsports toll-free at (888) 863-2252 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.bajamotorsports.com.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds consumers that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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