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January 6, 1998

Release # 98-053
CPSC: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185

CPSC, Riteway Products Announce Recall of Bicycle Trailers

CPSC, Hedstrom Announce Recall of Glide RidesWASHINGTON, 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.

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