March 3, 1997
Release # 97-075
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Raleigh USA Announce Ballistic Bike Fork
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Raleigh USA of Kent, Wash., is recalling
about 1,400 Ballistic LE300A suspension forks on 1996 Raleigh M55 model bicycles. Some of
these suspension forks have loose fork crown bolts. If the forks are used with loose
bolts, they may separate causing a rider to lose control of the bicycle and fall.
Raleigh has received three reports of forks separating. Riders have sustained facial and
The 1996 Raleigh M55 model bicycle is green. The suspension fork is gray with black decals
that read "BALLISTIC" and "LE300A 6061 ALUMINUM" on the sides of the
suspension fork legs. The "BALLISTIC" decal also appears on the brake yoke.
Authorized Raleigh dealers sold 1996 Raleigh M55 model bicycles with Ballistic LE300A
suspension forks nationwide from August 1995 through January 1997 for about $390.
Consumers should immediately stop using Raleigh bicycles with Ballistic suspension forks.
Consumers should bring their bicycles to an authorized Raleigh dealer to receive a free
replacement fork. For more information or for the name of the nearest authorized Raleigh
dealer, consumers can call Raleigh USA at (800) 222-5527.
Most 1996 Raleigh M55 model bicycles are equipped with SR DuoTrack 7006 suspension forks
and are not involved in this recall.
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