January 6, 1998


Release # 98-053

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Riteway Products of Santa Ana, Calif., recalled about 5,500 Cycle Design Tag-A-Long bicycle trailers to replace their U-Joints and accompanying hardware. The U-Joint can break causing the trailing rider to be separated from the towing bicycle, lose control, fall and be injured.

CPSC and Riteway Products have received six reports of the U-Joint bolt hardware failing. Two minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes and bruises, have been reported.

The Cycle Design Tag-A-Long Trailer comes in three colors: blue, black or green. All of the trailers have the Tag-A-Long logo on the main tube of the trailer, as well as on the chain guard. The words "Cycle Design" are on the main tube of the trailer.

Tag-A-Long Bicycle Trailers

Authorized Riteway Dealers nationwide sold the trailers from July 1997 through November 1997 for about $179.

Consumers should stop using the trailer immediately and call their local bicycle dealer to see if they can replace the U-Joint and accompanying hardware. The firm (Riteway) is out of business and cannot be contacted. If the repair cannot be done, the product should be destroyed or discarded.