March 17, 1999
Release # 99-080
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188
CPSC, Dah Ken Industrial Co., and RST USA
Announce Recall of Bicycle Front Suspension Forks
WASHINGTON, 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
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
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
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