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REI Recalls Bikes Due to Fork Failure

Published June 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with REI, has announced a voluntary recall of about 260 Novara Triofo 2005 bikes.

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

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.

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.

These bikes were sold at REI retail stores nationwide from January 2005 through August 2006 for between $720 and $1,900. They were manufactured in Taiwan.

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

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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