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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
September 17, 1992
Release # 92-137

Radio Flyer Recalls Children's Bicycles

PRODUCT: Radio Flyer, Inc.'s #TR12 "Totally Rad Flyer Bicycle," and #LM13 "Little Miss Flyer Bicycle." Both bicycles are labeled "Radio Flyer" and are 12-inch girls' and boys' bicycles with training wheels.

PROBLEM: The bicycles are only equipped with handbrakes and no footbrakes. Under Federal requirements, these bicycles may not be freewheeling and if equipped with handbrakes, they must also have footbrakes.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers with these bicycles should contact the retail store where the bike was purchased and arrange for modifications which will bring the bikes into compliance. In lieu of modifications, consumers may also request a refund of the purchase price.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Radio Flyer, Inc. of Chicago, IL, is voluntarily recalling 137 12-inch girls' and boys' bicycles with training wheels. Both bicycles are equipped with handbrakes, but no footbrakes. Federal regulations require that these bicycles not be equipped with handbrakes only. CPSC believes that sidewalk bicycles with handbrakes, but without footbrakes may present a significant risk of injury to young children who might not be able to stop the bicycles with handbrakes.


Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving this product. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The models involved in this recall are #TR12 "Totally Rad Flyer Bicycle" and #LM13 "Little Miss Flyer Bicycle." Both are labeled "Radio Flyer." These bicycles were imported from Taiwan and sold nationwide during May 1992 in toy and retail stores, including Pay N Save Drug, Mills Fleet Farm, Bi-Mart Corporation, and Toys R Us. The bikes sold for approximately $50.00 each.

The potentially hazardous bicycles were identified during a joint surveillance program conducted between CPSC and the U.S. Customs Service at the Port of Chicago.

Consumers who have these bicycles should contact the retail store where they were purchased and arrange for modifications to bring these bicycles into compliance. In lieu of modifications, consumers may request a refund of the purchase price.

Consumers with questions about this recall may contact Radio Flyer, Inc. at 1-800-621-7613.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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