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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 1998

Release # 98-098
CPSC: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185

CPSC, Norco Products USA Announce Recall of Bike Passenger Trailers

CPSC, Norco Products USA Announce Recall of Bike Passenger TrailersWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Norco Products USA, of Tukwila, Wash., is recalling about 450 bike passenger trailers for repair. Metal fatigue could cause failure at the hitch arm pivot bracket, resulting in the trailer breaking loose from the bicycle, causing injury to the occupant of the trailer.

Norco Products is not aware of any injuries involving these trailers. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

These trailers are designed to carry one or two children behind a bicycle. This recall includes Norco Stagecoach, Norco Rambler, Norco Tot Taxi, Axiom Firefly and Bike Mate Trailer models with a folding arm. The model name is located on the back of the trailer in 2-inch letters. Small independent bicycle shops in Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Idaho and Colorado sold the trailers from January 1997 through February 1998 for about $200 to $350.

Consumers should stop using these bike trailers immediately and call the store where purchased or Norco Products to arrange to have a safety upgrade kit installed at no charge. For the location of the nearest store or for more information, consumers should call Norco at (800) 521-9088 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday. Washington residents should call (800) 635-5550. Consumers also can request information by electronic mail at sales@norco.com.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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