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Recall of the Week: Chariot Carriers bicycle trailers and bicycle trailer conversion kits due to injury hazard

Bicycle Trailer for Children

By Rita R. Robison

Thule Child Transport Systems Ltd., doing business as Chariot Carriers, is recalling about 44,000 bicycle trailers and 70,000 bicycle trailer conversion kits.

The bicycle trailer’s hitch mechanisms can crack and break, causing the trailer to detach from the bicycle, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. This poses an injury hazard to children in the bicycle trailer.

The firm has received 24 incident reports worldwide, three of which occurred in the United States, involving the bicycle trailers and the conversion kits. No injuries have been reported.

Recalled Trailer's Versa Wing

Recalled trailer's versa wing

Chariot Carriers convert to strollers, jogging strollers, and bike, hike, or ski trailers. The recall involves Chariot bicycle trailers and bicycle trailer conversion kits. Recalled trailers have serial numbers from 1205-xxxx to 0710-xxxx – representing manufacture dates December 2005 through July 2010 – located on the left side on the frame.

Upgraded Versa Wing

Upgraded versa wing

Recalled conversion kits have hitch arms that attach the carrier to the bicycle with model number “20100503” printed on a label attached to the aluminum tube next to the warning label. Older conversion kits without a label, but with a release push button located where the hitch arm inserts into the carrier, are also being recalled.

Manufactured in Canada, the bicycles trailers and conversion kits were sold at specialty bicycle stores nationwide and on various websites from December 2005 through August 2010 for between $400 and $925 for Chariot bicycle trailers and from October 2002 through August 2011 for between $40 and $70 for bicycle trailer conversion kits.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycle trailers and bicycle trailer conversion kits and contact Chariot Carriers for a free repair kit, which the consumer can install, the company and the commission advise.

For more information, contact Chariot Carriers at 800-262-8651 between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.chariotcarriers.com.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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