|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2002
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) BIKEUSA
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, Cannondale Corp. Announce Recall of Gemini Bicycles
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cannondale Corp., of Bethel, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 800 Gemini bicycles with medium and large frames. The frames on some of these bicycles have been improperly manufactured, causing too much of the thickest portion of the downtube to be removed. This could cause the frame to break during use, resulting in falls and serious injury to riders.
Cannondale has received three reports of frames breaking. One minor injury was reported.
The recall involves the following bicycle models with medium and large-sized frames:
|2002 Gemini 1000
||2003 Gemini 2000
|2002 Gemini 2000
||2003 Gemini 1000
|2003 Gemini 900
The bicycles have "Cannondale" written on the downtube, and "Gemini" and the model number are written on the top tube. The bicycles were sold in various colors.
Authorized Cannondale retailers nationwide sold these bicycles from December 2001 through September 2002 for between $2,100 and $3,800.
Consumers should stop riding these bicycles immediately and contact their local Cannondale retailer for a free inspection of their bicycle frame. Consumers with improperly manufactured frames will have a free replacement frame installed. For more information, consumers can contact Cannondale at (800) BIKEUSA or visit the company's web site at www.cannondale.com to find a local retailer.
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
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