NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dynacraft Recall Hotline: (800) 551-0032
May 3, 2001 CPSC CONTACT: Kim Dulic
Release # 01-142 (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183

CPSC, Dynacraft Announce Recall of Mountain Bicycles Sold at Toys R Us

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dynacraft Industries Inc., of San Rafael, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 54,000 mountain bicycles. The pedals on these bicycles can loosen and fall off while riding, resulting in serious injury to the rider.

Dynacraft and CPSC have received 31 reports of pedals falling off, causing the riders to fall. Injuries to riders include a concussion, broken bones, sprains, abrasions, a laceration and muscle strain.

These are men's and women's Magna Equator mountain bicycles. The 26- inch, 18-speed bicycles have the model names "Magna" and "Equator" written on the green-colored women's and red-colored men's bicycle frames in black lettering. Only women's bicycles with model numbers 8546-84 and men's bicycles with model number 8547-19, both of which were manufactured from December 1999 through May 2000, are included in the recall. A label affixed to the frame near the crank housing shows the model, month and year of manufacture.

Toys R Us stores nationwide sold these bicycles from January 2000 through mid-April 2001 for about $69.

Consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately, and call Dynacraft to receive a free replacement pedal/crank set and to arrange for free installation. For more information, consumers should call Dynacraft at (800) 551-0032 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit their web site at www.dynacraftbikes.com/about_us.html.

Picture of Recalled Mountain Bike


Picture of Recalled Mountain Bike

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.