|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: 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
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.