November 14, 2001
Pacific Cycle Recalls to Repair Ally Cat Tandem Bicycle Accessories
- Pacific Cycle, LLC
to repair about
2,500 Ally Cat tandem bicycle accessories. The hitch connecting the tandem
accessory to the host bicycle can fail, causing the tandem accessory to
become unstable, which poses the risk of injury to riders.
Pacific Cycle has received one report of the tandem bicycle accessory
connection failing, resulting in abrasions to the rider of the tandem.
The "Ally Cat" tandem bicycle accessory consists of a wheel, seat, pedals,
and handlebars, and attaches to the host bicycle by a hitch. The recalled
"Ally Cat" has the model number AC 100, AC 200, or AC 300, which is located
on the top tube in products sold by independent bicycle retailers or
L.L.Bean Inc. The accessories were sold at Wal-Mart Stores under the name
"Mongoose Ally Cat," with the Mongoose name appearing on the down tube of
the accessory. There is an aluminum sleeve on the hitch between the host
bicycle and the accessory.
Bicycle stores and retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart, sold these
bicycle accessories from March 2000 through July 2001 for between $80 and
Consumers should stop using these bicycle accessories immediately and call
Pacific Cycle at (800) 626-2811 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through
Friday for a free replacement hitch and instructions. In addition, L.L Bean
Inc., which sold these bicycle accessories by catalog, will contact each of
their known purchasers to provide the needed replacement parts.
"Ally Cat" bicycle accessories with nylon or plastic sleeves on the hitch
are not included in this recall.