March 3, 1997

Release # 97-075

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Raleigh USA of Kent, Wash., is recalling about 1,400 Ballistic LE300A suspension forks on 1996 Raleigh M55 model bicycles. Some of these suspension forks have loose fork crown bolts. If the forks are used with loose bolts, they may separate causing a rider to lose control of the bicycle and fall.

Raleigh has received three reports of forks separating. Riders have sustained facial and head injuries.

The 1996 Raleigh M55 model bicycle is green. The suspension fork is gray with black decals that read "BALLISTIC" and "LE300A 6061 ALUMINUM" on the sides of the suspension fork legs. The "BALLISTIC" decal also appears on the brake yoke.

Ballistic Bike Fork

Authorized Raleigh dealers sold 1996 Raleigh M55 model bicycles with Ballistic LE300A suspension forks nationwide from August 1995 through January 1997 for about $390.

Consumers should immediately stop using Raleigh bicycles with Ballistic suspension forks. Consumers should bring their bicycles to an authorized Raleigh dealer to receive a free replacement fork. For more information or for the name of the nearest authorized Raleigh dealer, consumers can call Raleigh USA at (800) 222-5527.

Most 1996 Raleigh M55 model bicycles are equipped with SR DuoTrack 7006 suspension forks and are not involved in this recall.