Child Bicycle Trailers & Conversion Kits Recalled

altOn January 12th, 2012 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Thule of Canada, announced a voluntary recall of their Chariot bicycle trailers and their bicycle trailer conversion kits due to a potential injury hazard.

What do you need to know about this Recall?

The bicycle trailer’s hitch mechanisms can crack and break, 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 on 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 are without a label, but with a release push button located where the hitch arm inserts into the carrier, are also being recalled.

About 44,000 bicycle trailers and 70,000 bicycle trailer conversion kits were distributed and 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.

As of January 11th, 2012, Thule 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.

What should you do if you own one of these products?

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.  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. Consumers should also be aware that it is illegal to resell a recalled product.

For additional general information about this recall consumers can visit the CPSC website.