December 7, 2000Over 97,000 Scooters Recalled by Two
does *NOT* include the popular 'Razor' scooter manufactured by RAZOR USA.
Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kent International Inc., of Parsippany,
N.J.; and Kash 'N Gold Ltd., of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., are voluntarily recalling about 97,500
scooters because of problems with the steering and handlebars.
Kent Kickin' Mini-Scooters
Kent is recalling about 90,000 scooters. The scooter handles can unexpectedly come
out of the steering column if the clamp holding them in is not tight, causing the rider to
lose control, fall and possibly suffer injuries.
Kent has received four reports of the handles
coming out, resulting in four children suffering injuries, including broken arms, a broken
wrist, bruises, abrasions and a cracked tooth.
These are Kickin' Mini-Scooters made of
chrome-plated steel. A vertical decal on the steering column reads "KICKIN' MINI
SCOOTER." The scooter's black plastic platform measures about 15 inches long, and it
has 4-inch translucent in-line style wheels. "KENT" and "MADE IN
CHINA" are written on the lower part of the steering column. The scooters were sold
with black backpacks embroidered in white with the word "Kickin."
Toys R Us stores nationwide sold the Kent scooters
from May 2000 through September 2000 for about $60.
Consumers should stop riding these Kent scooters
immediately, and call Kent International to receive a free replacement handlebar with pins
to secure the handlebars. For more information, call Kent International at (800) 451-KENT
(5368) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Kash 'N Gold Racer X20TM Scooters
Kash 'N Gold is recalling about 7,500 scooters because the plastic "T"
joint between the handlebars can break, causing the rider to lose control, fall and
possibly suffer injuries.
Kash 'N Gold has received two reports of the joint
breaking, resulting in two injuries including a bump on the head and a chest bruise.
These are Racer X20TM model scooters. The
scooters' platforms measure 20 inches long. The scooters are made from lightweight
aluminum, and have translucent in-line style wheels. They have swivel handlebars with foam
grips, which adjust to various heights. The nonslip surface on the deck of the scooter
reads, "RACER." "X20" is written on the lower part of the steering
column. The scooters are mostly silver, and have blue, green, red, orange or clear wheels.
The scooters were made in China.
Discovery and Mervyn's stores and the Discovery
web site sold these scooters nationwide from August 2000 through September 2000 for
between $70 and $100.
Consumers should stop riding these scooters
immediately, and return them to the store where purchased for a refund or a new scooter
with a metal "T" joint. For more information, call Kash 'N Gold at (800)
354-8785 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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