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Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 564-2261
Names of Products: InStep "Pathfinder," Schwinn "Run About," and Mongoose "Alley Cat" Trailer Bicycles
Units: About 7,000
Manufacturer: Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wis.
Hazard: The coupler connecting the children's trailer bike to the adult's bicycle has welds that can fail, posing a fall hazard to children.
Incidents/Injuries: Pacific Cycle has received one report of the coupler failing, resulting in a fall and abrasions to the rider.
Description: The "Pathfinder," "Run About," and "Alley Cat" are single-wheeled, children's bicycles that connect to an adult's bicycle by a coupler. The recall includes model numbers: 12-PF250, 13-SC250, 13-SC350 and M5101. The model number is located on the lower seat tube of the frame. The affected couplers have welded plates; bicycles that have couplers with cast parts are not included in this recall.
Sold at: Bicycle stores and retailers nationwide from January 2007 through August 2007 for between $80 and $120.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the trailer bicycle immediately and contact the firm for a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pacific Cycle toll-free at (877) 564-2261 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.instep.net, www.schwinnbikes.com, or www.mongoose.com