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Ill. Bike Company Expands Recall

Apr 18, 2002 | AP

An Illinois company is recalling about 103,000 bicycles because their front suspension forks can break apart and cause riders to lose control and fall.

Brunswick Corp., of Lake Forest, was expanding a previous recall to cover all Ballistic model 105 forks sold on most of the Roadmaster and Mongoose mountain bicycles the company manufactures, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (news - web sites) said Thursday.

The bicycle forks were made by By Us International Co. Ltd. of Taiwan. By Us had first recalled 13,500 forks in May 2000 and another 40,000 forks last February. The previous recalls were limited to forks with certain serial numbers.

By Us is no longer cooperating with the recall, the safety commission said.

There have been 34 reports of the forks breaking, with 31 riders suffering serious injuries, bruises and chipped teeth.

Brunswick recalled the bikes voluntarily. The recall includes only Ballistic 105 forks installed on Mongoose and Roadmaster bikes manufactured by Brunswick.

The forks are black with decals that read "BALLISTIC" and "105" on the sides of the suspension fork legs. In addition, a small label on the bottom of the bicycle reads "Brunswick."

Forks on the Mongoose A40 bicycles, and forks on bikes not manufactured by Brunswick, are not included in the recall.

Discount department stores and toy stores sold the recalled bikes from June 1998 through December 2000 for $125 to $150. Additionally, customers might have received a Ballistic 105 fork as a replacement when participating in one of the earlier recalls.

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