Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bicycles Recalled by REI Due to Fork Failure

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: 2005 Novara Trionfo Bicycles

Units: About 260

Distributor: Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), of Kent, Wash.

Hazard: The fork can separate from the steerer tube which can cause the rider to lose control, posing a fall hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received two reports of forks separating causing riders to fall. Injuries reported include a fractured clavicle, broken teeth, facial damage and head injuries.

Description: This recall involves 2005 Novara Trionfo bicycles with Aprebic carbon fiber forks. The bicycles are blue and white with black forks, and have the name "Novara" printed on the bars.

Sold at: REI retail stores nationwide from January 2005 through August 2006 for between $720 and $1,900.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and return them to an REI retail store a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact REI at (800) 426-4840 between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.rei.com .

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