NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2001 CPSC Contact: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
Release # 01-200 (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

CPSC, Firms Announce Recall of Bicycles and Bicycle Components

The following product safety recalls were conducted by firms in cooperation with the CPSC:

PRODUCT: Cannondale "Carbon Left" Suspension Forks - Cannondale Corp., of Bethel, Conn., is voluntarily recalling 367 "Carbon Lefty" suspension forks. These single-sided suspension forks were sold on the 2001 model Cannondale F4000 SL, Jekyll 4000 SL, Raven 4000 SL bicycles and separately. All forks made prior to May 31 are subject to recall. The brand name "Cannondale" appears on the frames of these bicycles. The recalled forks are marked "Carbon" and "Lefty." Cannondale dealers sold the recalled forks on bicycles from December 2000 through June 2001. The bicycles sold for between $3,500 and $4,300.

PROBLEM: The bicycle forks can break, causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall and suffer serious injury or death.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Cannondale has received six reports of forks breaking. However, there have been no injuries reported.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately and return them to a Cannondale retailer to arrange to have the fork to be rebuilt and upgraded at no charge. To determine if your bicycle is subject to recall, and for more information, call Cannondale toll-free at (800) BIKE USA between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Saturday, and between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Component

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.