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Recall — Bike Trailer Can Detach Causing Child to Crash

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I’m not much of a bicyclist. But a lot of people in my neighborhood are. Every weekend I see a great many bicycles sporting trailers with one or more small child passengers.

Today the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall notice for one of these devices. Alarmingly, the defect can cause the trailer to become detached from the bicycle with the obvious potential for frightful injuries. If you have one of these Weehoo iGo Bicycle Pedal Trailers please stop using it immediately.

Image: CPSC

Here’s the CPSC press release regarding the recall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Weehoo iGo Bicycle Pedal Trailers

Units: About 2,700

Manufacturer: Weehoo Inc., of Golden, Colo.

Hazard: The receiver on the trailer’s seat post hitch can crack and cause the trailer to detach, posing fall and crash hazards to the child in the seat.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Weehoo have received one report of the trailer’s receiver cracking while in use. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves 2011 Weehoo iGo bicycle trailers manufactured between April 2011 and July 2011. The trailer has a steel frame with an adjustable seat for passengers 38 to 52 inches tall, two pedals with straps, an enclosed sprocket and chain, a 20-inch wheel, two pannier pockets, a flagpole and a flag. The seat, pannier pockets, and flag are made of red, heavy-duty nylon. The pannier pockets and the flag have the word "Weehoo" and the logo printed on them in reflective material. The serial numbers for the recalled trailers contain the letter "D" and can be found on the underside of the iGo frame, by the pedals.

Sold at: Bicycle retail stores nationwide between April 2011 and July 2011 for about $390.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled iGo trailers and contact Weehoo for the repair. Consumers will receive a steel reinforcement sleeve to be installed over the receiver.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Weehoo at (800) 538-6950 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.weehoobicycletrailer.com

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on www.saferproducts.gov

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.