December 20, 2000
Lacerations, Partial Amputation Prompt Scooter Recall
Hong 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.
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