August 7, 2002

Alert #02-551


PRODUCT: Skates -National Sporting Goods Corporation of Passaic, N.J. is voluntarily recalling about 3,600 men's and women's 100 Series Bullet speed skates. The recalled skates are model numbers 809-0205 and 809-0256, black or white, with the word "Bullet" written on the side. The skates were sold through the JCPenney web site and its Christmas and Spring/Summer catalogs between November 2001 and February 2002. They were manufactured in China.

PROBLEM: The wheel and axle assemble may break off during skating, resulting in injury to the skater.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: National Sporting Goods and JCPenney have received one report of a twisted ankle and several reports of wheels breaking off.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the skates immediately and return them to the nearest JCPenney catalog desk for a free replacement. For more information, consumers may also call the JCPenney customer service at (888) 333- 6063, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day or visit the web site at Consumers may also contact National Sporting Goods customer service at (800) 242-7476 or via e-mail at

Picture of Recalled Speed Skates