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Pacific Cycle Trailer Bicycles, Intermatic Digital Timers Latest Defective Products Recalled by CPSC

Jan 9, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP Trailer bicycles that pose a fall hazard and digital timers that have the potential to shock consumers have been recalled.  While both defective products can cause serious injuries,, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) says that so far only  the recalled bicycles have been implicated in injuries to one child.

Trailer bicycles sold by Pacific Cycle, Inc. of Wisconsin have been recalled as result of a faulty coupler that can pose a fall hazard to children.  According to the CPSC trailer bicycle recall notice, the agency has received one report of a child receiving abrasions in a fall caused by the defective coupler.

The trailer bicycle recall involves 7000 Pacific Cycle bicycles sold under the InStep “Pathfinder,” Schwinn “Run About,” and Mongoose “Alley Cat” Trailer Bicycles.   The recalled products are re 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.   The recalled Pacific Cycle trailer bicycles where sold in bicycle stores and retailers nationwide from January 2007 through August 2007 for between $80 and $120.

Consumers should stop using the recalled trailer bicycle immediately and contact the firm for a free repair kit.  For more information, consumers should contact Pacific Cycle at toll-free at (877) 564-2261 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit,, or

The digital timer recall involves 8500 Intermatic DT27 digital self-adjusting timer with a date code of “04B.” This product is a lamp and appliance timer and is packaged as either the “DT27C Heavy Duty Digital Timer” or the “DT27CL Time All® Digital Lamp and Appliance Self-Adjusting Timer.” The timer is white with a rounded top, and measures 3 7/8” tall by 2 3/4” wide by 1 5/8” deep. The brand name “Intermatic” is molded on the front of the timer, and the model number (“DT27”) and date code (“04B”) are printed on the back of the timer.  The digital timers were sold at retailers nationwide, including Home Depot and Lowe’s, from February 2007 through December 2007 for between $15 and $25.  According to the CPSC, the defective Intermatic digital timers have been wired incorrectly, which poses an electrical shock hazard to consumers.  

The CPSC says that consumers should stop using the recalled timer immediately and unplug before checking the model number and date code. Consumers should contact Intermatic to return the timer and obtain a free replacement.   People who purchased one of the recalled Intermatic digital timers should contact the company for additional information, or to request a prepaid shipping label, by calling (800) 704-3595 anytime or by visiting

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