April 27, 1998
Release # 98-099
|CPSC: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
CPSC, Rand/Ross Bicycle Co. Announce Recall to
Repair Mountain Bikes
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rand/Ross Bicycle
Co., of Farmingdale, N.Y., is recalling for adjustment 11,000 mountain bikes. The front
suspension fork can separate from the frame of these bikes, causing riders to lose control
Rand/Ross is aware of five reports of serious injuries which reportedly occurred when an
improperly adjusted front suspension fork separated from the frame. These injuries
included facial fractures and lacerations.
These mountain bikes were distributed under the names Rock Machine 2600, Rock Machine
3600, Tarantula MRX 1200 and Ross Mt. Washington. They are adult sized and sold in various
colors including silver and gray, blue, moss green, burgundy, metallic green and luster
yellow. Their name and model numbers are written on the bike frames.
Target, Price-Costco, Toys R Us and a limited number of bicycle shops sold these bicycles
nationwide from February 1997 to March 1998 for about $200 to $300.
Consumers should stop using the bicycles immediately and call Rand/Ross toll free at (800)
338-7677, extensions #263 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Consumers
will be given the name of a local bicycle dealer/shop/technician who will make the
appropriate tightening adjustment with a torque wrench free of charge. If consumers wish
to make the adjustment themselves, they will be sent a free retro-fit kit. The retro-fit
kit contains a 6-inch 6mm allen wrench and instructions for tightening the bolts.
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,
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