December 19, 1995
Release # 96-049
|CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Tange Inc. Announce Bicycle Fork Recall
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tange, Inc, of Osaka, Japan is voluntarily
recalling 808 EXP 120 front suspension forks. The fork crown may crack during use, which
could cause the fork to separate from the bicycle. As a result, riders could lose control
of the bicycle and fall, causing serious injury or death.
To date, Tange has not received any reports of injuries associated with cracked forks.
The silver-gray forks are identifiable by decals on the front sides of the fork legs which
read "Tange EXP 120 Suspension." Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) stores and
mail-order catalogues sold the suspension forks nationwide from October 1994 through
November 1995 as original equipment on 1995 REI Novara Ponderosa mountain bikes.
Consumers who own 1995 Novara Ponderosa mountain bikes with Tange EXP 120 forks should
stop using the bicycles immediately and call REI customer service at (800) 828- 5533. REI
and Tange will send consumers a new Manitou suspension fork free of charge and provide
information on free installation. For more information, consumers should contact REI.
Media inquires should be directed to Michael Collins, REI Public Affairs Manager, at (206)
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