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December 20, 2000

Lacerations, Partial Amputation Prompt Scooter Recall

Scooter recallHong Kong (SafetyAlerts) - Excite Ltd. has officially announced the recall of approximately 80,000 scooters. SafetyAlerts carried this warning notice on Monday December 18, however more information has become available.  The front of the folding mechanism, where the steering column meets the base of the scooter, can create a pinch-point. Fingers can be injured while folding or unfolding the scooter.

Excite has received nine reports of pinch-point injuries to children including one partially amputated fingertip and eight lacerations, one of which required eight stitches.

The recall involves Excite Super Speeder II and Viper scooters. The scooter has a lightweight aluminum frame with black, foam handle grips. "Super Speeder II" or "Viper" is printed on the standing platform and on the steering column. The steering column also has "Excite" printed at the top. The scooter has 4-inch translucent in-line style wheels.

Rite Aid stores nationwide exclusively sold the Super Speeder II and Viper scooters from August 2000 to December 2000 for about $49.

Consumers should stop using these Excite scooters immediately and contact Excite Ltd. to receive a free cap that will cover the front of the folding mechanism. For more information, call Excite Ltd. toll-free at (888) 571-3731 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Only the Excite Super Speeder II and Excite Viper scooters sold at Ride Aid are part of this recall. This recall does not include the original Super Speeder or other Viper brand scooters.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers December 20, 2000.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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