Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Pacific Cycle Recalls Children's Trailer Bicycles; Can Detach from Adult Bicycle and Injure Children

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, incooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: InStep "Pathfinder," Schwinn "Run About," and Mongoose"Alley Cat" Trailer Bicycles

Units: About 7,000

Manufacturer: Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wis.

Hazard: The coupler connecting the children's trailer bike to the adult's bicycle has welds that can fail, posing a fall hazard tochildren.

Incidents/Injuries: Pacific Cycle has received one report of the coupler failing, resulting in a fall and abrasions to the rider.

Description: The "Pathfinder," "Run About," and "Alley Cat" are single-wheeled, children's bicycles that connect to an adult's bicycle by a coupler. The recall includes model numbers: 12-PF250, 13-SC250, 13-SC350 and M5101. The model number is located on the lower seat tube of the frame. The affected couplers have welded plates; bicycles that have couplers with cast parts are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Bicycle stores and retailers nationwide from January 2007 through August 2007 for between $80 and $120.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled wagon away from children and contact Tricam Industries for instructions on how to return the wagon and obtain a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pacific Cycle toll-free at (877) 564-2261 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.instep.net, www.schwinnbikes.com, orwww.mongoose.com

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