It’s something a lot of folks around the country probably can’t wrap their heads around, but we love using golf carts as car/bike substitutes here in sunny South Florida. We have such amazing weather most of the time, which precludes the need to be shackled inside a motor vehicle with four walls and a roof. It’s a legitimately enjoyable means of transit in these parts.

However, in recent days, there have been a couple of news items that will significantly affect the usage of golf carts in our area. The first involves a major recall of Advent Four and Six Passenger Golf Carts, which are being recalled due to fall and injury-related hazards. 

Golf cart recalls

According to a statement issued by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), anyone who owns or uses these carts should “immediately stop using the recalled golf carts and contact the dealer where it was purchased to arrange for a free inspection and repair.” Via

Reports indicate that the front seat of the cart has been known to become loose due to missing components, which puts passengers and drivers at increased risk. 

New golf cart operation restrictions

Additionally, the state of Florida is restricting who can operate golf carts, and where. Teenagers will need to have proper credentials and qualifications on their person when operating them. Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be at least 15 years old with a learner’s permit, or 16 years old with a driver’s license. 

“They go fast on the roads,” said Linda Herrema. “They’d push you out of the way. They wouldn’t stop for you, so you’d have to jump over with the dog on a long leash and move quickly.” Via

Statistics indicate that more than 6,500 children are injured in golf-cart-related accidents each year.

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath employees love riding in or driving golf carts as much as anyone in South Florida but hopes we can do so safely. We can be contacted at (561) 655-1990 if anyone in the community is hurt in a motor vehicle accident.