U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

May 9, 2000
Release # 00-106
Bicycle Recall Hotline: (877) 211-3525 
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772 
CPSC Media Contact: Yolanda Fultz-Morris, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

CPSC, By Us International Co. Ltd. Announce Recall of Bicycle Components

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), By Us International Co. Ltd., of Taiwan, is recalling about 13,500 Ballistic front suspension forks installed on certain Brunswick mountain bicycles. The forks on these bicycles can break apart, causing riders to lose control and fall.

By Us and Brunswick have received 18 reports of forks on these bicycles breaking resulting in nine riders, including teenagers, suffering serious head and bodily injuries, abrasions, bruises and chipped teeth.

The recalled forks were installed on Mongoose S-20 and MGX S-20 bicycles, which are orange, and the Roadmaster Ridge Rider bicycles, which is red. The forks on these bikes are black with decals that read "BALLISTIC" and "105" on the sides of the suspension fork legs. A serial number is located on the inside of the suspension fork legs. The recall only includes forks with the following serial numbers:

BA10044001 through BA10049000
BA10050001 through BA10051000
BAX0001251 through BAX0006750
BAX0006781 through BAX0007080
98022087 through 98027843

Discount department and toy stores nationwide sold these bicycles from September 1998 through May 2000 for between $125 and $150.

Consumers should immediately stop using these bicycles and call Brunswick Bicycles for information on receiving a free replacement fork, including installation. Call Brunswick toll-free at (877) 211-3525 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

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