FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 1994

Release # 95-032
CPSC: Robin Diamond
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1219

CPSC & Bike Companies Recall Suspension Forks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of its ongoing investigation of injuries associated with mountain biking, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the following four companies are announcing the companies' voluntary recall of about 21,000 mountain bike suspension forks. The forks, which connect the front wheel to the main frame of a mountain bike, may crack, break, or separate, in various locations, depending on the make and model. With a broken suspension fork, riders can lose control of the bike, fall, and seriously injure themselves.

Since the summer of 1994, CPSC has received at least 25 reports of bike accidents from suspension forks that broke, cracked, or separated, resulting in 8 injuries.

The following companies are participating in this recall:

COMPANY MAKE/MODEL DISTRIBUTION
DATES
PROBLEM
Marzocchi
Suspension
Ctr.
Valencia, CA
(800) 227-5579
XC50,XC51,XC250,
XC400, XC500
1992-1993
7,000 sold
Fork crowns may break or fracture.
Girvin Inc.
Woonsocket, RI
(800)447-3824
Fastrax forks
on Proflex
Arcadia 454/554
5/93-12/93
2,239 sold
Loss of steering from adhesive in fork crown and steer tube.
Specialized
Bicycle
Components
Morgan Hill, CA
(800) 214-1468
Future Shock
FS
9/91-11/93
12,500 sold
Stanchion tubes separate from fork crown.
Answer
Products Inc.
Valencia, CA
(800) 423-0273
Manitou 2 &
M Sport
7/92-12/92
1,000 sold
Fork crowns crack or break.

CPSC and the companies urge consumers to stop using bicycles that have these suspension forks immediately and contact the manufacturer or a local authorized dealer. Owners of recalled suspension forks will receive instructions for repairing or replacing the forks.

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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.


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