|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|
PRODUCT: RANS Bicycles -- RANS Inc., of Hays, Kan., is recalling about 4,000 long-wheelbase recumbent bicycles. The models being recalled are the RANS Stratus, Stratus XL, Gliss, Tailwind, Wave, Response and Nimbus. RANS models Tailwind and Wave bicycles with a serial number of 0700 or 0301 after a two-letter prefix are not included in the recall. Serial numbers are located beneath the bottom bracket or crankset of the bike. Specialty bicycle shops sold these bikes from June 1993 through July 2001 for between $700 and $1,500.
PROBLEM: The bicycle's front fork steering tube can break, causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall and suffer injuries.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: RANS Inc. has received eight reports of forks breaking on these bicycles. The company has received no reports of injuries.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately
and return them to the store where purchased or to a qualified bike mechanic
for inspection and repair, if necessary. For more information, call RANS
Inc. toll-free at (877) 990-7267 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday,
or visit their web site at www.rans.com/recall or at www.ransbikes.com/recall.
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.