U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

August 10, 1999 (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183
Release # 99-155

PRODUCT: Huffy "Verdict" Bicycles Suspension Forks - Hsin Lung Accessory, of Taiwan, is recalling about 1,400 bicycle suspension forks with model number HSF-350. The fork's model number is on the right tube of the fork. The forks are black, and have "Zoom" written on them. These forks were installed exclusively on Huffy Bicycle Company "Verdict" full-suspension mountain bikes with serial numbers B98J, B98K, B98L and B99A. The bicycle serial number is on the area where the crank is attached to the frame. Mass merchandise stores, such as Shopko, Service Merchandise, Pamida and TRU*SERV, sold these bicycles nationwide from January 1999 to June 1999 for about $200.

Picture of Recalled Product

PROBLEM: These suspension forks can break apart during use when the upper crown weld fails, causing serious injuries to the bicycle rider.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Hsin Lung Accessory has received three reports of serious injuries to riders, including contusions, bruises and lacerations to the mouth, caused by the front suspension forks breaking.

WHAT TO DO: Immediately stop riding bicycles. Hsin Lung Accessory is replacing the bicycle forks with new and improved front suspension forks at no charge. To arrange to get a replacement fork installed and for more information, consumers should call Huffy Bicycles at (800) 872-2453 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

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