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SafetyAlerts
October 1, 2002

Thule Has Recalled the Thule backpack and speedway

(SafetyAlerts) -  Thule Has Recalled the Thule backpack and speedway because the rack may release the bikes.
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Number of Units Affected:

Defect Summary:
THULE TRUNK MOUNT BIKE CARRIERS PRODUCED AND SOLD BETWEEN JANUARY AND AUGUST 2002, MODEL(S) SPEEDWAY (PN 961, 962, AND 91962) AND BACKPACK (PN 965 AND 966). SOME OF THE BIKE CARRIERS HAVE END CAPS ON THE ARMS THAT ARE NOT SUFFICIENTLY TIGHT. THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR THE BIKE(S) TO SLIDE UP THE HOLDING ARMS OF THE CARRIER, FORCE THE LOOSE END CAPS OFF AND FALL OFF THE RACK.

Consequence Summary:
SHOULD THIS OCCURS WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION, A FOLLOWING MOTORIST COULD STRIKE THE BIKE(S), POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Summary:
THULE WILL NOTIFY ITS DEALERS AND CUSTOMERS AND WILL REPLACE THE DEFECTIVE BIKE RACKS FREE OF CHARGE. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2002. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REPLACEMENT BIKE RACK WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT THULE AT 800-848-5391.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02E054000

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
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write down the NHTSA 
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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