September 26, 2000
Injuries Prompt Recall of Mountain Bikes Sold at Target Stores
Rafael, CA (SafetyAlerts) -
Dynacraft Industries Inc. said today it is voluntarily recalling about 24,800 mountain
bikes because the front suspension forks can break apart during use, resulting in serious
injury to the rider. Dynacraft is aware of 23 reports of injury to riders when the forks
on these bikes broke apart. Injuries included a concussion, fractures, cuts, bruises, back
strain, and chipped and lost teeth.
The recall involves 26-inch Vertical XL2, and 24-inch and 26-inch Magna Electroshock
mountain bikes. The Vertical XL2 mountain bikes have model number 8526-26, were
manufactured in July 1999 and have chrome frames. The Magna Electroshock mountain bikes
have model numbers 8504- 90, 8504-96, 8548-78 or 8548-94, were manufactured July 1999
through October 1999, and have frames that are chrome and blue, blue and yellow, purple,
and black. A label affixed to the frame near the crank identifies the model, and the year,
month and day of manufacture. Another label nearby reads: "Dynacraft Industries"
and "Made in China."
Earlier this year, Dynacraft Industries announced the recall of about 19,000 26-inch
Vertical XL2 mountain bikes manufactured the week of October 11, 1999. This announcement
expands the scope of that recall. Click here to view previous
Target Stores nationwide sold the Vertical XL2 mountain bikes from August 1999 through
February 2000 and the Magna Electroshock from August 1999 through August 2000. Both model
bikes sold for between $100 and $140.
Consumers should stop riding these bikes immediately and take them to the Target Store
where purchased for a choice of a free replacement fork or free replacement bicycle of
equal value. For more information or to receive a free replacement fork by mail, call
Dynacraft Industries Inc. at (800) 551-0032 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through
Friday. Bicycles that have a label that reads "Fork made Jan., 2000" or
"Fork made July 2000" at the bottom of the fork are not subject to this recall.
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