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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 1999

Release # 99-080
CONTACT: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188

CPSC, Dah Ken Industrial Co., and RST USA Announce Recall of Bicycle Front Suspension Forks

CPSC, Dah Ken Industrial Co., and RST USA Announce Recall of Bicycle Front Suspension ForksWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dah Ken Industrial Co. Ltd., of Taiwan, R.O.C., and RST USA, of Aliso Viejo, Calif., are voluntarily recalling about 3,300 bicycle front suspension forks. These forks can break apart, causing the rider to lose control, resulting in serious injury.

CPSC and RST USA are aware of two reports of these forks breaking apart while in use. Injuries to riders include a broken nose, facial abrasions and lacerations, and broken teeth.

These Hi-5 and Hi-5 MOZO front suspension forks, which are used on mountain bikes', were sold in red, dark gray, purple, yellow, orange and silver colors. These forks have stickers on both fork legs reading, "RST Hi-5" or "RST Hi-5 MOZO."

Authorized RST USA bicycle dealers nationwide sold these forks between February 1997 and October 1998 for about $400. These forks also were sold on Haro, GT, Giant and Marin bicycles.

Consumers should stop riding bicycles equipped with these recalled suspension forks immediately. A free replacement fork will be installed at no charge by any authorized RST USA dealer. To locate your nearest dealer or for more information, consumers should call RST USA at (800) 227-6778 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.

Dah Ken Industrial Co. Ltd. manufactured these front suspension forks, and RST USA imported and distributed them in the United States.

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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