CPSC, BikeE Announce Recall of Recumbent Tandem Bicycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued November 14, 2001, Revised October 25, 2002
Release # 02-039
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058

Note: Firm is out of business.

CPSC, BikeE Announce Recall of Recumbent Tandem Bicycle

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), BikeE Corp., of Corvallis, Ore., voluntarily recalled 700 recumbent tandem bicycles. The steerer tube on the front forks can separate, causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall, and possibly suffer serious injuries.

BikeE Corp. has received three reports of steerer tubes beginning to separate; though, no injuries to riders have occurred.

The recalled bikes were manufactured in 2000 and 2001. These bikes have two handlebars and two seats, which are in a lowered, horizontal riding position. The name "BikeE" appears on both sides of the main frame. The serial numbers for the E2 models is located on the bottom of the frame between the foot crank and front wheel. The serial numbers appear as follows: BX000000X or T00000, with X representing a letter and 0 representing a number.

BikeE authorized dealers sold the bicycles from March 2000 through October 2001 for about $2,200.

Consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately. The firm, BikeE, is out of business and cannot be contacted. As the firm is no longer involved with this recall, consumers can take a recalled bicycle to the dealer from which purchased, but it is up to the dealer as to whether the repair can be performed, and whether there is a charge. Picture of Recalled Bicycle