April 25, 2002InSTEP Has Recalled Trailer Bikes
Heights, MN (SafetyAlerts)
- InSTEP LLC has recalled about 4,300 Hitchhiker III Trailer Bikes. The
bike's universal joint system can fail, causing a rider to lose control of
the bike. This poses a risk of injury to either of the two riders.
CPSC and InSTEP have received 10 reports of universal joint systems failing,
including three reports of consumers who suffered contusions and abrasions.
The recalled Hitchhiker III trailer bikes are attached to a lead bicycle by
a universal joint system with two side bolts and a top- mounted
quick-release bolt (as seen in the photo below). The recalled NH300 model
trailer bikes have the words "HITCHHIKER III" printed in red on the trailer
arm and the "InSTEP" logo printed on the bottom tube and the safety flag.
Retail stores nationwide, including Toys "R" Us, The Sports Authority and
One Step Ahead, sold the bikes from February 2001 through May 2001 for
between $80 and $110.
Consumers should stop using these trailer bikes immediately and contact
InSTEP at (800) 242-6110 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday,
or by e-mail at email@example.com, for a free repair kit with instructions.
For more information, consumers can log on to the company's website at