April 30, 1996
Release # 96-114
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Answer Products Announce Mountain Bike
Suspension Fork Recall
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Answer Products Inc. of Valencia, Calif., is
voluntarily recalling 69,000 Manitou Mach 5 mountain bike suspension forks. The forks can
crack and break, causing the front wheel to separate from the bicycle. As a result, riders
could lose control of the bicycle and fall.
Answer Products has received 49 reports of the forks cracking. Five consumers sustained
injuries including cuts, bruises, and scrapes.
The recalled forks have both the Manitou and Mach 5 logos on the sides of the lower legs.
The fork's serial number is located on the back of the lower part of the fork leg. Mach 5
forks with serial numbers less than 5100086500 have outer leg castings that should be
replaced. Forks with serial numbers between 5100086500 and 5100149464 should be
professionally inspected by an authorized Answer Products retailer. If necessary, Answer
Products will replace castings at no charge to the consumer.
Bicycle dealers worldwide have sold the Mach 5 forks as original equipment on over 27,000
Trek, Fisher, Diamondback, Marin, Mongoose and other high-end bicycles. Bicycle dealers
also sold over 41,000 forks as after-market equipment for $270 to $380.
Consumers who own recalled forks should stop using them immediately and call Answer
Products at (800) 670-7446 for instructions on returning the forks. Consumers can also
return the fork to the store where purchased for free replacement.
Mach 5 forks with red dots on the inside of the drop out have been inspected and are not
subject to this recall, regardless of serial number. All Mach 5 forks with serial numbers
greater than 5100149464 do not need further inspection and are not subject to this notice.
Media inquires should be directed to Roger Gauvin, Answer Marketing Manager at (805)
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