April 18, 2002Brunswick Corp. Has Recalled Mongoose and
Roadmaster Mountain Bicycles
Forest, IL (SafetyAlerts)
- Brunswick Corp. has recalled about 103,000 Mongoose and Roadmaster
mountain bicycles with Ballistic 105 front suspension forks. The forks on
these bicycles can break apart, causing riders to lose control, fall and
suffer serious injury.
By Us International Co. Ltd., of Taiwan, the manufacturer of the bicycle
forks, previously announced the recall of 13,500 of these forks in May 2000.
The recall was expanded to about 40,000 forks in February 2001. By Us
International is no longer cooperating with the recall. Brunswick Corp. is
expanding the recall to include all Ballistic model 105 forks sold on the
Mongoose and Roadmaster mountain bicycles they manufactured (except the
Mongoose A40). The previous recalls were limited to forks with certain
There have been 34 reports of forks on these bicycles breaking resulting in
31 riders, including children and teenagers, suffering serious head and
bodily injuries, abrasions, bruises and chipped teeth.
The recall includes only Ballistic 105 forks installed on Mongoose and
Roadmaster model bicycles manufactured by Brunswick Corp. The forks on these
bikes are black with decals that read "BALLISTIC" and "105" on the sides of
the suspension fork legs. A small label on the bottom of the bicycle reads
"Brunswick." The forks on the Mongoose A40 model bicycles and forks on
bicycles not manufactured by Brunswick Corp. are not included in the recall.
Discount department stores and toy stores nationwide sold the bicycles with
these forks from June 1998 through December 2000 for between $125 and $150.
Additionally, consumers could have received a Ballistic model 105 fork as a
replacements when participating in one of the previous recalls.
Consumers should immediately stop using these bicycles and call the firm to
obtain information on receiving a $65 refund for the bicycle fork. This
applies to all owners of bicycles with Ballistic model 105 forks
manufactured by Brunswick (except the Mongoose A40), even if they received a
new Ballistic model 105 fork as a result of a participating in a previous
recall. For more information, consumers should call Brunswick Corp. at (800)
508-2762 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the
recall web site at www.ballisticforkrecall.com.