January 6, 1998
Release # 98-053
|CPSC: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
CPSC, Riteway Products Announce Recall of Bicycle
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Riteway Products
of Santa Ana, Calif., is recalling about 5,500 Cycle Design Tag-A-Long bicycle trailers to
replace their U-Joints and accompanying hardware. The U-Joint can break causing the
trailing rider to be separated from the towing bicycle, lose control, fall and be injured.
CPSC and Riteway Products have received six reports of the U-Joint bolt hardware failing.
Two minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes and bruises, have been reported.
The Cycle Design Tag-A-Long Trailer comes in three colors: blue, black or green. All of
the trailers have the Tag-A-Long logo on the main tube of the trailer, as well as on the
chain guard. The words "Cycle Design" are on the main tube of the trailer.
Authorized Rite way Dealers
nationwide sold the trailers from July 1997 through November 1997 for about $179.
Consumers should stop using the trailer immediately and call their local bicycle dealer or
Riteway Products to arrange to have the U-Joint and accompanying hardware replaced free of
charge. For the location of the nearest dealer or questions about this recall, consumers
should call Riteway at (800) 743-3248 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.
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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
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