Note: Telephone Number Change; Email Address Deleted
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued March 31, 1998, Last Revised February 2, 2005
Release # 98-089
|Company Phone Number: (800) 663-8916
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CPSC, Norco Products USA Announce Recall of Bike Passenger Trailers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Norco Products USA, of Tukwila, Wash., is recalling about 450 bike passenger trailers for repair. Metal fatigue could cause failure at the hitch arm pivot bracket, resulting in the trailer breaking loose from the bicycle, causing injury to the occupant of the trailer.
Norco Products is not aware of any injuries involving these trailers. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
These trailers are designed to carry one or two children behind a bicycle. This recall includes Norco Stagecoach, Norco Rambler, Norco Tot Taxi, Axiom Firefly and Bike Mate Trailer models with a folding arm. The model name is located on the back of the trailer in 2-inch letters. Small independent bicycle shops in Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Idaho and Colorado sold the trailers from January 1997 through February 1998 for about $200 to $350.
Consumers should stop using these bike trailers immediately and call the store where purchased or Norco Products to arrange to have a safety upgrade kit installed at no charge. For the location of the nearest store or for more information, consumers should call Norco at (800) 663-8916 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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