January 7, 2005
Release # 05-080
Firm's Hotline: (800) 663-8916


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Adams Trail-a-Bike or Adams Slipstream Bicycle Attachment

Units: About 80,000

Importer: Norco Products Ltd., of British Columbia, Canada

Hazard: The hardware used in the assembly of the universal hitch may come loose causing the unit to separate from the lead bicycle, which could lead to a serious injury or death to the rider of the bicycle attachment.

Incidents/Injuries: Norco Products has received two reports of hardware falling out of the hitch assembly. One minor injury reported.

Description: The recall involves the Adams Trail-A-Bike or Adams Slipstream sold under the following models: Starter, Folder, Shifter, Shocker, Ultimate Tandem, Deluxe Folder, Me 2 and Original. "Trail-A-Bike" or "Slipstream" is printed on the top tube of the bicycle attachment and "Adams" is printed on the chain guard. The product resembles a children's bicycle without a front wheel and has an elongated top tube that stretches to attach to the seat post of an adult bicycle, creating a tandem. The product was sold for use by children ages 4 to 7.

Sold at: Independent bicycle stores nationwide from January 1996 through October 2004 for between $125 to $295

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact their local bicycle dealer to arrange for an inspection and to receive a no charge repair kit to be installed for free.

Consumer Contact: Call Norco Products toll-free at (800) 663-8916 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Attachment