March 3, 1988  
Release # 88-010

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Rand International of Farmingdale, New York, today announced a voluntary replacement program involving approximately 40,000 Model BMX-12 inch sidewalk bicycle wheels, distributed through Otasco and other small retail chain stores in Eastern, Southern and Southwestern U.S., prior to January 1987.

The bicycle in question is a 12" boys bicycle in blue with pneumatic tires. The bicycle can be identified by the Rand label on the stem of the front fork and its black tires (with the following marks imprinted on them):

          SHYH HWA Inflate 40-50 PSI
          12 l/2 x 12 l/4
          Made in Taiwan

The potential hazard involves wheel rim breakage during the inflation process. When the tire is inflated beyond the recommended P.S.I. (pounds per square inch), the plastic rim may shatter and cause injury to the inflator or to bystanders. Over-inflation beyond the recommendation noted on the tire is inconsistent with inflation instructions. CAUTION must be exercised by the consumer.

Rand and the Commission are not aware of any incidents involving injury with this product; however, laboratory tests have indicated the potential for breakage with the Model BMX-12 when over-inflated.

To determine if your product is affected by the announcement, consumers can call the CPSC for toll-free hotline number at 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.