|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2001
Release # 02-012
|Runt Hotline: (866) 868-7868
Company Media Contact: Wysco Contact,Kathy at(866) 868-7868 Kathy@wysco.com
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wysco Inc., of Baldwin Park, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 95,000 "Runt"™ brand mini-bicycles. These bicycles do not have any brakes, which are required by the CPSC standard for bicycles of this type. The CPSC standard also requires these bicycles have chain guards to prevent riders from getting fingers, toes and clothing caught in the gears.
Wysco has not received any reports of incidents or injuries involving these mini-bicycles. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The "Runt"™ mini-bicycles are about 24-inches long and 26-inches high with 6-inch wheels. They have adjustable seat and handlebars with quick release levers. The bicycles are red, blue, black or chrome in color with black seats and handle grips. The word "RUNT" and the Runt logo of a dog's face are on the front of the steering column.
Bicycle, toy, discount department, convenience, and specialty stores nationwide, and mail order catalogs and web sites sold these mini-bicycles from January 2001 through July 2001 for about $100.
Consumers should stop using these Runt bicycles immediately and get a free repair kit. To order a free repair kit and for more information, call Wysco toll-free at (866) 868-7868 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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