March 31, 1998
Release # 98-098
|CPSC: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
CPSC, Norco Products USA Announce Recall of Bike
WASHINGTON, 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 email@example.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
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