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
August 14, 2001 CPSC Contact: Mark Ross
Release # 01-216 (301) 504-0580 x1188

CPSC, BikeE Announce Recall of Recumbent Bicycle Suspension Forks

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), BikeE Corp., of Corvallis, Ore., is voluntarily recalling 1,400 suspension forks on FX and RX model recumbent bicycles. The link pins in the forks can fall out, causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall, and possibly suffer serious injuries. BikeE Corp. has received two reports of pins falling out of forks, resulting in two minor injuries to riders.

The recalled forks were used on the front suspension of the BikeE FX models and on the full suspension of the RX models. The 2000 and 2001 model year bicycles can be identified by a serial number located below the crank bottom bracket on the frame.
  

Model Name Serial Number Identification
FX and RX Starts with "F" and is followed by five digits or starts with "B" followed by one character and six digits. Examples: F1111 or BF111111 or BR22222F

The recalled bicycles have a lowered seating position and foot pedals right below the handle bars, allowing riders to sit in a horizontal riding position.

BikeE authorized dealers sold the bicycles from December 1999 through August 2001 for between $1,500 and $1,750.

Consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately and return them to the nearest BikeE authorized dealer for a free repair. 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/recall.
 

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Fork

 
Picture of Recalled Bicycle Fork

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.