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December 21, 1995

Release # 96-052
CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, MAVIC, S.A. Announce Cosmic Bicycle Wheel Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MAVIC, S.A., of France, and it's distribution facilities in West Chester, Pa., is recalling 1,303 Cosmic brand bicycle wheels for road bikes. The front wheel hub may fracture and cause the spokes to come loose, and as a result the rider could lose control of the bicycle and fall.

MAVIC is recalling 1,126 front wheels sold between December 19, 1994 and June 29, 1995, with serial numbers 275 94 000 through 365 94 000 and 001 95 000 through 179 95 000. The company also is recalling 177 rear wheels sold from March through June 1995 with serial numbers between 048 95 000 and 075 95 999. The serial number is located on the wheel rim. Bicycle specialty stores sold the front wheels for $339 and the rear wheels for $449 nationwide.

Consumers should stop using the recalled wheels immediately and return them to the store where purchased for free repair. Consumers who already have had their wheels repaired under this recall need not take further action. Consumers with questions about this recall can call MAVIC at (800) 548-2945 or write the company at 207 Carter Drive, West Chester, Penn. 19382.

CPSC is not aware of any incidents involving these bicycle wheels.

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