U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

December 13, 1999 (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183
Release # 00-031

CPSC, Royce Union Bicycles Co. Inc. Announce Recall of Men's Mountain Bicycles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Royce Union Bicycles Co. Inc., of Hauppauge, N.Y., is recalling about 3,700 men's mountain bicycles. The frames of these bikes can break apart, causing falls and serious injuries to riders.

Royce Union has received four reports of the bicycle frames breaking resulting in serious head and back injuries, as well as abrasions and contusions to riders.

The recall involves ABT 2000 bikes with model number 16368. The model number is located on the bottom of the frame near the crank and pedals. The 26- inch bicycles are silver and red and have "Aluminum 2000" written on the top tube.

Sears stores sold these bikes nationwide from April 1998 through September 1999 for about $300.

Consumers should immediately stop riding these bicycles, and call Royce Union for information on receiving a free replacement bicycle. For more information, call Royce Union at (888) 366-3828 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

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