May 9, 2000
CPSC, Answer Products Announce Recall of Bicycle Components
Valencia, CA (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Answer Products Inc., of Valencia, Calif.,
is voluntarily recalling about 17,500 BMX and mountain bicycle forks, which were sold
separately and installed on bicycles. The tube that attaches the fork to the bicycle can
fail, causing riders to lose control and fall.
Answer Products has received six reports of these forks failing resulting in two consumers
suffering minor injuries, including cuts, bruises and chipped teeth.
These 2000 model bicycle forks have been installed on more than 30 models of bicycles and
sold under Answer and Manitou brand names. Either "ANSWER" or
"MANITOU" is written on the side of the fork and the model name is written on
the front of the fork. The Answer BMX forks are the Carbo Pro and Mag Pro models. The
Manitou mountain bike forks are Mars and X-Vert Super models. Bicycle brands that were
made with these forks include Specialized, Klein, Jamis and Marin.
Bicycle stores nationwide and mail order catalogs sold these forks and bikes from August
1999 through May 2000. The forks range in price from $245 to $695, and the assembled
bicycles with these forks range in price from $1,200 to more than $3,000.
Consumers should immediately stop riding the bicycles with these forks and take them to an
authorized Answer Products dealer for a free inspection and repair. To determine if your
bicycle's fork is part of this recall and for more information, call Answer Products Inc.
at (800) 423-0273 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
Notice of this product warning was sent
via email to SafeMail subscribers
May 9, 2000.
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