CPSC & Bike Companies Recall Suspension Forks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

December 1, 1994

(301) 504-7908

Release # 95-032

 

CPSC & Bike Companies Recall Suspension Forks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of its ongoing investigation of injuries associated with mountain biking, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the following four companies are announcing the companies' voluntary recall of about 21,000 mountain bike suspension forks. The forks, which connect the front wheel to the main frame of a mountain bike, may crack, break, or separate, in various locations, depending on the make and model. With a broken suspension fork, riders can lose control of the bike, fall, and seriously injure themselves.

Since the summer of 1994, CPSC has received at least 25 reports of bike accidents from suspension forks that broke, cracked, or separated, resulting in 8 injuries.

The following companies are participating in this recall:

COMPANY MAKE/MODEL DISTRIBUTION
DATES
PROBLEM

Marzocchi
Suspension
Ctr.
Valencia, CA
(800) 227-5579

XC50,XC51,XC250,
XC400, XC500

1992-1993
7,000 sold

Fork crowns may break or fracture.

Girvin Inc.
Woonsocket, RI
(800)447-3824

Fastrax forks
on Proflex
Arcadia 454/554

5/93-12/93
2,239 sold

Loss of steering from adhesive in fork crown and steer tube.

Specialized
Bicycle
Components
Morgan Hill, CA
(800) 214-1468

Future Shock
FS

9/91-11/93
12,500 sold

Stanchion tubes separate from fork crown.

Answer
Products Inc.
Valencia, CA
(800) 423-0273

Manitou 2 &
M Sport

7/92-12/92
1,000 sold

Fork crowns crack or break.



CPSC and the companies urge consumers to stop using bicycles that have these suspension forks immediately and contact the manufacturer or a local authorized dealer. Owners of recalled suspension forks will receive instructions for repairing or replacing the forks.