December 1, 1989
Ming Ta Supply U.S.A. Recalling Its 16-inch Mountain Jr. Bicycle
Santa Clarita, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Ming Ta Supply U.S.A.
is voluntarily recalling its 16-inch Mountain Jr. Bicycle, Model #1615, imported from
Taiwan. The 16-inch sidewalk bicycle, which was sold by K mart stores throughout the
country in March and April 1989, is not equipped with a chain guard to prevent a child's
clothing from getting caught in the moving chain, the seat post is too long for a sidewalk
bicycle, the handlebar stem is painted over making the minimum insertion marks unclear,
and the bicycle is not provided with safety or operation instructions. These problems
present a significant risk of injury to young children.
A total of 11,000 Mountain Jr. Bicycles were imported by Ming Ta Supply, U.S.A., and only
7,900 of them were distributed to K mart Corporation stores throughout the United States.
K mart sold approximately 1,200 of these bicycles in March and April of 1989. Bicycles
sold after June, 1989 have been reconditioned. Although no injuries have been reported to
the importer, K mart, or to the Commission due to these defects, the recall is being
undertaken as a precautionary measure.
Consumers who have these bicycles should bring them to any K mart retail store for
reconditioning as a sidewalk bicycle. The store personnel will add a chain guard, replace
the handlebar stem and seat post, and provide a set of safety and operating instructions
without cost to the consumer. The 16-inch Mountain Jr. bicycles equipped with chain guards
have been modified and are not subject to the recall.
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