July 18, 1996
Release # 96-168
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC and Girvin Incorporated Announce Carbon
Fiber Mountain Bike Fork Recall
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Girvin Incorporated of Woonsocket, R.I., is
voluntarily recalling 120 Thermoplastic Carbon Fiber Girvin CL Suspension Forks with legs
manufactured by Applied Fiber Systems (AFS). The mountain bike forks may crack or
separate, causing a rider to lose control of the bicycle and fall.
Girvin Incorporated has received four reports of forks breaking. CPSC is not aware of any
injuries associated with the forks.
The lightweight, black forks have white "Girvin" decals on each leg and yellow
drop-outs. The recalled forks have serial numbers between 039297 and 040478 stamped on the
bottom of the top fork link, the metal piece connecting the legs at the top of the fork.
Authorized Girvin dealers sold the Girvin CL forks nationwide from March 1996 through June
1996 as after-market equipment for $599.
Consumers who own bicycles with the defective Girvin CL Suspension Forks should stop using
the bicycles immediately and call Girvin Incorporated Technical Services at (800)
447-3824, extension 316. Girvin Incorporated will give consumers a free set of aluminum
legs until replacement carbon fiber legs are available.
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