NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Bike Recall Hotline: (800) 231-3136 
November 14, 2001 CPSC Contact: Kim Dulic
Release # 02-039 (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183

CPSC, BikeE Announce Recall of Recumbent Tandem Bicycle

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), BikeE Corp., of Corvallis, Ore., is voluntarily recalling 700 recumbent tandem bicycles. The steerer tube on the front forks can separate, causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall, and possibly suffer serious injuries.

BikeE Corp. has received three reports of steerer tubes beginning to separate; though, no injuries to riders have occurred.

The recalled bikes were manufactured in 2000 and 2001. These bikes have two handlebars and two seats, which are in a lowered, horizontal riding position. The name "BikeE" appears on both sides of the main frame. The serial numbers for the E2 models is located on the bottom of the frame between the foot crank and front wheel. The serial numbers appear as follows: BX000000X or T00000, with X representing a letter and 0 representing a number.

BikeE authorized dealers sold the bicycles from March 2000 through October 2001 for about $2,200.

Consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately and return them to the nearest BikeE authorized dealer for a free fork replacement. Consumers can call BikeE toll-free at (800) 231-3136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the company's website at www.bikee.com.
 

Picture of Recalled Bicycle

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. For information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call the above numbers or visit the web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/103.html. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.