Recall: Chariot Carriers Bicycle Trailers & Conversion Kits Due To Injury Hazard
Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Thule Child Transport Systems, issued a recall of around 44,000 Chariot bicycle trailers and 70,000 Chariot bicycle trailer conversion kits.
The recall was issued due to the possibility of the bicycle trailer’s hitch mechanism cracking and breaking, thus causing the trailer to detach from the bicycle. This poses an injury hazard to children in the bicycle trailer.
Chariot Carriers convert to strollers, jogging strollers and bike, hike or ski trailers. This 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 the left side on the frame.
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.
So far, 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.
The recalled items were sold in 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.
It is recommended that you 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.
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.