|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2003
Release # 03-080
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 288-2668
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Trak Inc., doing business as Karhu Inc., of Burlington, Vt., is voluntarily recalling about 420 snowshoe bindings. Screws and other hardware used to keep the bindings intact are too short, causing the binding to separate from the shoe. This poses a fall hazard to consumers.
CPSC and Trak Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these bindings. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
This recall involves bindings sold on the "Karhu Meta Sweeper" and "Karhu Morph Sweeper" snowshoes. The orange, hybrid snowshoe Meta is 120 cm and has blue universal bindings. The blue Morph Sweeper is 130 cm with blue universal bindings. The snowshoes are high back, with a front toe strap and a pivot point.
Skiboards.com web site, LL Bean, Cabela's, Erehwon Mountain Outfitters, and Vail Bicycle stores sold these snowshoes nationwide during November 2002 for about $250.
Consumers should immediately stop using these snowshoes and return them to the store where purchased for a free repair kit. For more information, consumers can contact Trak Inc. toll-free at (888) 288-2668 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.karhu.com (note added 01/18/2005 - recall information is no longer on the firm's web site).
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