November 6, 2002

Alert #03-506


PRODUCT: 3 Wheel Hand Cycle - Sunrise Medical of Heidelberg, Germany is voluntarily recalling about 70 Spirit 470 3-Wheel Hand Cycles. The recalled hand cycles come in a variety of colors and have "SOPUR" written on both sides of the bodywork. Sunrise Medical dealers nationwide sold these hand cycles from August 2001 to July 2002 for $3,300. They were manufactured in Germany.

PROBLEM: There is a small risk that the quick release axles of the rear wheels do not lock correctly. If the quick release axle is not fully and properly engaged, the wheel could become detached while moving. A detached wheel could result in loss of control of the cycle and potential for serious injury or death due to a fall or collision with another object.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Sunrise Medical has received one report in which the quick release failed and the rider suffered minor injuries.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop riding these cycles immediately and contact their local Sunrise Medical dealer for a free repair. For more information, contact Sunrise Medical in Germany at 0049-7253-980-340 or by e-mail -- Consumers also can visit the firm's web site at

Purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.

Picture of recalled hand cycle