Note: Firm (RST USA) is out of business.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued March 17, 1999, Revised October 23, 2002
Release # 99-080
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Mark Ross, (301) 504-7076
CPSC, Dah Ken Industrial Co., and RST USA Announce Recall of Bicycle Front Suspension Forks
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dah Ken Industrial Co. Ltd., of Taiwan, R.O.C., and RST USA, of Aliso Viejo, Calif., voluntarily recalled about 3,300 bicycle front suspension forks. These forks can break apart, causing the rider to lose control, resulting in serious injury.
CPSC and RST USA are aware of two reports of these forks breaking apart while in use. Injuries to riders include a broken nose, facial abrasions and lacerations, and broken teeth.
These Hi-5 and Hi-5 MOZO front suspension forks, which are used on mountain bikes, were sold in red, dark gray, purple, yellow, orange and silver colors. These forks have stickers on both fork legs reading, "RST Hi-5" or "RST Hi-5 MOZO."
Authorized RST USA bicycle dealers nationwide sold these forks between February 1997 and October 1998 for about $400. These forks also were sold on Haro, GT, Giant and Marin bicycles.
Consumers should stop riding bicycles equipped with these recalled suspension forks immediately. As the firm conducting the recall, RST USA, is out of business, replacement forks are no longer available.
Dah Ken Industrial Co. Ltd. manufactured these front suspension forks, and RST USA imported and distributed them in the United States.
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