Public Bikes Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2012
Release #12-145
Firm's Recall Hotline: (855) 840-1400
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Public Bikes Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: 2010 through 2012 Model Year Bicycles

Units: About 4,100

Importer: Public Bikes Inc. of San Francisco

Manufacturer: Wellgo Pedals Corp. Taiwan (pedals)

Hazard: The pedals can crack and break, posing a fall hazard to the rider.

Incidents/Injuries: Public Bikes has received 24 reports of pedals cracking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves 18 models of women's and men's Public Bikes. The bicycles are various colors and sizes. "Public" or "Publicbikes.com" is printed on either the bicycle chain guard or the rear fender. The bicycles have a metal "badge" at the top of the down tube with a number stamped on it. Recalled badge numbers are 1-5843, 5845, 12560, 20743 and 20757. The "Apple" model, which has no badge, is also included. The word "Wellgo" is embossed on both the top and bottom of the pedals. All bicycles with Wellgo pedals are included in this recall.

Sold at: Public Bikes & Gear in San Francisco and other Public Bikes dealers in 16 states nationwide and publicbikes.com from April 2010 through January 2012 for between $500 and $1,250.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop riding the recalled bicycles and contact Public Bikes or an authorized Public Bikes dealer for free replacement pedals. The recalled pedals have a black spindle, the replacement pedal spindles are chrome.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Public Bikes toll-free at (855) 840-1400 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.publicbikes.com

Three Types of Public Bikes Frames:

 

Picture of recalled bicycle showing location of metal badge

 

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Picture of recalled bicycle

Picture of recalled pedal and replacement pedal showing spindle difference