NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mark Ross
November 16, 1999 (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188
Release # 00-016

CPSC, Firms Announce Recall of Mountain Bikes

PRODUCT: Mountain Bikes - Dynacraft Industries Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 Magna "Great Divide," 21- speed mountain bikes, sold in the 24-inch size for girls and boys, and the 26-inch size for women and men. The bikes have a model number on the left side of the seat post. The girls' bikes have model number 8504-50 and are purple. The boys' bikes have model number 8504-51 and are blue. The women's bikes have model number 8547-84 and also are purple. The mens' bikes have model number 8547-85 and are black. The words "Great Divide" are located on the cross-tubes of these bicycles and the word "KALLOY" is located on the handlebar stems. Fred Meyer Stores in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington sold these bikes from December 1998 through August 18, 1999 for about $160.
 
Picture of Mountain Bike

PROBLEM: These bikes could have defective handle bar stems which will not tighten sufficiently to lock onto the bicycles.This can cause the front wheel not to turn properly, resulting in serious injuries to the rider from falls.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Dynacraft Industries is not aware of any injuries or incidents involving these bicycles. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop riding these bikes immediately and take them to the Fred Meyer Store where purchased for a free inspection and repair, if needed. Consumers also can call Dynacraft Industries Inc. at (800) 551-0032 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday to receive a free replacement handlebar stem.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risk 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 and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. 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 or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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