July 18, 1996


Release # 96-168

WASHINGTON, D.C. - CPSC, Girvin Incorporated of Woonsocket, R.I., is voluntarily recalling 120 Thermoplastic Carbon Fiber Girvin CL Suspension Forks with legs manufactured by Applied Fiber Systems (AFS). The mountain bike forks may crack or separate, causing a rider to lose control of the bicycle and fall.

Girvin Incorporated has received four reports of forks breaking. CPSC is not aware of any injuries associated with the forks.

The lightweight, black forks have white "Girvin" decals on each leg and yellow drop-outs. The recalled forks have serial numbers between 039297 and 040478 stamped on the bottom of the top fork link, the metal piece connecting the legs at the top of the fork.

Authorized Girvin dealers sold the Girvin CL forks nationwide from March 1996 through June 1996 as after-market equipment for $599.

Consumers who own bicycles with the defective Girvin CL Suspension Forks should stop using the bicycles immediately and call Girvin Incorporated Technical Services at (800) 447-3824, extension 316. Girvin Incorporated will give consumers a free set of aluminum legs until replacement carbon fiber legs are available.