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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 1996

Release # 96-080
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Scott USA, Inc. Announce Recall of "Unishock" Suspension Forks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, Scott USA Inc. of Boulder Colo., is voluntarily recalling approximately 13,600 "Unishock" suspension forks. The forks may crack or separate, causing a rider to lose control of the bicycle and fall.

Scott USA has received 640 reports of incidents of these model forks cracking or separating, eight of which resulted in injuries. The injuries reported have included two concussions, two separated shoulders, one laceration, and three abrasion injuries, or "road rashes."

The forks have the "SCOTT" logo on the side of each fork leg. A sticker on the front of each leg reads, "UNISHOCK" with the designation "S", "LF", "VR", "TX" or "R."

Bicycle stores sold the forks nationwide as original equipment on the following 1993 and 1994 models of Scott USA bicycles: Ultimate CST, Team Racing, Comp Racing, and Unitrack ST. The following 1994 models are also included in this recall: Ultimate CST, Team Racing, Comp Racing, Unitrack ST, Unitrack CC, and Unitrack FSR.

Approximately 350 Scott bicycle dealers sold about 5,600 bicycles with the forks nationwide from August 1992 to June 1995 for between $669 and $2,495, depending on the model. During the same period, 1,450 bicycle stores also sold approximately 8,000 forks nationwide as after-market equipment for about $200 to $400, depending on the model.

Only forks with the designations listed above are involved in this recall. Forks with white legs bearing the name "UNISHOCKS" are not part of this recall.

Consumers who own recalled suspension forks should stop using them immediately.

They should bring bicycles with recalled forks, even if the forks were purchased as aftermarket equipment, to any authorized Scott bicycle dealer. Each defective fork will be replaced free with a new, comparable suspension fork. For more information, consumers should call (800) 745-5467.

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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