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May 17, 1995

Release # 95-122
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC, GT Bicycles Announce Repair Program For Bicycle Forks

WASHINGTON, DC - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), GT Bicycles Inc. of Santa Ana, Calif., is announcing an inspection and repair program for the forks on all 1995 GT "Aggressor" model bicycles. This inspection program affects approximately 4,000 bicycles, which are equipped with forks made by Polygon Industries, Inc. of Taiwan, R.O.C. The forks could break during use causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle and fall.

CPSC is aware of 13 incidents in which bolts in the bicycles loosened, causing the bicycle forks to break. Although no serious injuries have been reported, the potential for injury is significant.

One thousand GT-authorized retailers sold the bicycles nationwide between October 1994 and March 1995 for about $400.00. The bicycles, which have either a bright blue or candy red finish with "Aggressor" written on the frame, sold in adult sizes from 14 1/2 inches to 22 inches.

CPSC and GT Bicycles are instructing consumers to stop using their 1995 GT "Aggressor" bikes and bring them to any authorized GT Bicycles dealer for a free inspection. Dealers will inspect the bicycles, tighten any loose bolts, and replace damaged forks at no cost to the consumer.

For more information, consumers can call GT Bicycles at (800) 743-3248. Media inquiries should be directed to either Aaron Raines or Bill Galloway at the same telephone number.

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