U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

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: 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 or at

Picture of Recalled Bicycle

Picture of Recalled Bicycle


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