NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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

CPSC, Firms Announce Recall of Bicycles and Bicycle Components

The following product safety recalls were conducted by firms in cooperation with the CPSC:

PRODUCT: Specialized Bicycles Hemi 12-inch Children's Bicycles - Specialized Bicycles, Inc., of Morgan Hill, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 3,500 Specialized-brand bicycles. These Hemi 12-inch boys and girls model bicycles were sold for the 2001 model year only. The model names are the 2001 Hemi Pro 12-inch boys team red and the 2001 Hemi Fastgirl 12-inch girls pink bikes. "Specialized" and the model name are written on the bicycles. Specialized dealers sold the bicycles nationwide from July 2000 through May 2001 for between $110 to $130.

PROBLEM: The frame of the bicycle can break during use causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall and suffer serious injuries.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Specialized Bicycles Inc. has received two reports of these bicycles breaking resulting in minor injuries.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately, and return them to the nearest Specialized dealer for a refund. To determine if the bicycle is part of this recall and for more information, call Specialized Bicycles Inc. at (800) 214-1468 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
 

Picture of Recalled Bicycle

 
Picture of Recalled Bicycle

 
 

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.