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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
July 27, 1993
Release # 93-097

Huffy Bicycle Co. Recalls 20-Inch, 24-Inch and 26-Inch Bicycles

PRODUCT: Almost 14,000 men's and women's 20-, 24-, and 26- inch Huffy bicycles distributed under the "Huffy" or "Sears Free Spirit" trademark. The affected bicycles were manufactured and distributed nationwide between February 1993 and March 1993. Affected models are listed on the attached news release.

PROBLEM: Affected bicycles have a defect that may cause the plastic hand brake levers to break during use. If the lever breaks, the rider could fail to stop and fall from the bicycle. The bicycles also fail to meet the Federal Bicycle Standard that requires the hand brake levers to withstand a force up to 100 pounds.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers who have an affected model should call the Huffy Bicycle Company at 1-800-462-7843 for free replacement brake levers. Consumers who do not wish to replace the levers themselves can ask for the location of the nearest Huffy Bicycle Company Authorized Service Center where the bicycle can be taken for a free inspection and brake lever replacement. Consumers should discontinue using affected bicycles until brake levers are replaced.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Huffy Bicycle Company, a division of Huffy Corporation, Dayton, OH is voluntarily recalling approximately 14,000 men's and women's 20-inch, 25-inch and 26-inch bicycles, manufactured and distributed nationwide between February 17, 1993 and March 15, 1993.

During routine testing, Huffy found some of the bicycles' plastic hand brake levers contained a defect that may cause the levers to break during use. If the brake lever breaks, the rider could fail to stop and risk potential injury. The Federal Bicycle Standard requires that hand brake levers withstand a force up to 100 pounds.

The bicycle models that have the defective levers bear either the "Huffy" or the "Sears Free Spirit" trademark. Models that may contain defective brake levers are identified by the model number and date of manufacture listed below. The date of manufacture code and model number are embossed into the crank housing of each bicycle.

MODELS THAT MAY CONTAIN DEFECTIVE BRAKE LEVERS

Model Model Numbers,
Size and Name
K4522 24" Z24
K4532 24" Mont Claire
K4562 24" Night Heat
K4572 24" Highland
K4583 24" Sledge Hammer
K6613 26" Expedition
K6662 26" Titanium
K6672 26" Titanium
14642 24" Wild Slide
14652 24" Wild Slide
16653 26" Fastback
23583 20" Sledge Hammer
24253 24" Laurel Bay
24522 24" Mudslinger
24523 24" Snake River
24532 24" Double Take
24533 24" Pasadena
24563 24" Swamp Water
24603 24" Mojave Gulch
24612 24" Regatta
24613 24" Mojave Gulch
24623 24" Megaforce
24643 24" Z18
24653 24" Z18
26223 26" Silhouette
26622 26" Mojave Gulch
26623 26" Mojave Gulch
26632 26" Mojave Gulch
26643 26" Fire Mountain
26671 26" Stalker LX
26683 26" Thunder Ridge
26693 26" Thunder Ridge
34213 24" Essence
34253 24" Tropic Bay
34533 24" Street Heat
34563 24" Jack Hammer
34583 24" Shock Treatment
34603 24" Dirt Thrower
34613 24" Regatta
36612 26" Destroyer
36632 26" Mojave Ridge
36683 24" Sledge Hammer
44523 24" Force One
45533 24" Paradise
45543 24" Bull Run
44613 24" Regatta
44653 24" Z-18
44663 24" Tidal Water
46523 26" Cherokee
46533 26" Cherokee
46643 26" Snake Rock
46672 26" Key West
54602 24" Mt. Storm
54613 24" Mt. Storm
56563 26" America
56573 26" America
56603 26" Mt. Storm
56613 26" Mt. Storm
74533 24" Wild River
74623 24" Ultra Force
76683EF 26" Thunder Ridge
76693J 26" Thunder Ridge
76693EF 26" Thunder Ridge
84612 24" Key Largo
84623 24" Stomper 2
86203 26" Cross II
86213 26" Cross II
24583 24" Sledge Hammer
16643 26" Fastback
24233 24" Beverly Hills
26233 26" Silhouette
26603 26" Rock Trail
26613 26" Rock Trail
86623 26" Sandy Creek
86633 26" Sandy Creek
86673 26" Black Bear



Date of manufacture codes that contain the defective brake levers are: 90483, 90493, 90503, 90533, 90543, 90553, 90563, 90573, 90603, 90613, 90623, 90633, 90643, 90673, 90683, 90693, 90703, 90713, and 90743.

Some of the bicycles with the above date codes and model numbers were tested by Huffy and determined to have complying brake levers. These models have an American flag approval label with the "Huffy" name on a black background located high on the seat mast.

Consumers who have both a bicycle model and a date of manufacture code date listed above and no American flag approval label on the bicycle should Call Huffy Bicycle Company at 1-800-462-7843 to receive replacement brake levers free of charge. Consumers who do not wish to replace the levers themselves can ask for the location of the nearest Huffy Bicycle Company Authorized Service Center where the bicycle can be taken for free inspection and brake lever replacement. Consumers should discontinue using affected bicycles until brake levers are replaced.

Neither CPSC nor Huffy Bicycle Company is aware of any injuries involving these bicycles; this recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The potentially hazardous bicycles were reported to CPSC by Huffy Bicycle Company.

CPSC is announcing this replacement program as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.

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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