Did you hear?... U.S. CPSC reports recalls of InSTEP trailer bikes and Specialized Enduro bikes

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported recalls in cooperation with the company of 4,300 InSTEP trailer bikes and 2,200 Specialized Enduro bikes because of components that may fail and cause injury.
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported recalls in cooperation with the company of 4,300 InSTEP trailer bikes and 2,200 Specialized Enduro bikes because of components that may fail and cause injury. InSTEP's recall affects the Hitchhiker III Trailer Bikes, where the universal joint system can fail, causing a rider to lose control of the bike. CPSC and InSTEP have received 10 reports of universal joint systems failing, including three reports of consumers who suffered contusions and abrasions. The recalled NH300 model trailer bikes have the words "HITCHHIKER III" printed in red on the trailer arm and the "InSTEP" logo printed on the bottom tube and the safety flag. Retail stores nationwide, including Toys "R" Us, The Sports Authority and One Step Ahead, sold the bikes from February 2001 through May 2001 for between $80 and $110. Contact InSTEP at 800-242-6110, or email info@instep.net for a free repair kit. Click here for a picture and the CPSC release. (www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02148.html). On the Specialized bikes, the rear seatstays, the tube behind the seat that connects the rear axle to the rear shock, can break, possibly causing the rider to lose control and crash. Specialized Bicycles has received 39 reports of the seatstays on these bicycles breaking, but no injuries have been reported. The recall involves model year 2002 Enduro-brand bicycles. Authorized Specialized dealers nationwide sold these bicycles from September 2001 through February 2002 for between $1,650 and $2,750. Consumers should return them to their local Specialized dealer for a new rear seatstay, which will be installed at no charge. For more information, call Specialized at (800) 214-1468. Click here for a picture and the release www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02147.html

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