|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|May 8, 1991
|Release # 91-064
Merchant's Corp., CPSC
Announces Amputation Hazard With the Model ST-81 Exercise Bikes
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) warned consumers today of the danger of finger amputation associated
with 68,383 units of the Merchant's Corporation of America (MCA) model ST-81 exercise
cycles without chain guards.
Sold nationwide between 1981 and 1987 for up to $150 each, the exercise cycles have been
involved in at least six finger crushing injuries and amputations to small children caused
by contact with wheels, gears and pedal sprockets.
Consumers with MCA Model ST-81 exercise cycles, and especially those consumers with small
children are urged either to have a chain guard installed that will prevent fingers from
contacting moving parts or to discard the product. Also, parents are reminded to keep
small children away from exercise bicycles while in use or while unattended.
Merchant's Corporation of America has been out of business since the end of 1987, and
therefore, is unable to assist with corrective action.
The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer product safety. It is issuing this
warning as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and
death associated with consumer products. Some 15,000 types of consumer products fall
within the Commission's jurisdiction and each year these products are involved in an
estimated 29 million injuries and 22,000 deaths.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk 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 and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. 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 report product hazards to firstname.lastname@example.org.