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Pacific Recalls Children's Trailer Bikes

Published January 8, 2008

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Pacific Cycle, yesterday announced a voluntary recall of the InStep Pathfinder, Schwinn Run About and Mongoose Alley Cat trailer bicycles.

Roughly 7,000 of these bikes were made.

Pacific Cycle has received one report of the coupler failing, resulting in a fall and abrasions to the rider.

The coupler connecting the children's trailer bike to the adult's bike has welds that can fail, posing a fall hazard to children.

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. Bikes that have couplers with cast parts aren't included in this recall.

They were sold at bicycle stores and retailers nationwide from January 2007 through August 2007 for between $80 and $120. They were manufactured in China.

Consumers should stop using the bicycle trailer immediately and contact Pacific Cycle for a free repair kit.

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