January 6, 1998

Riteway Products Announces Recall of Bicycle Trailers

Riteway Products of Santa Ana, Calif., is recalling about 5,500 Cycle Design Tag-A-Long bicycle trailers to replace their U-Joints and accompanying hardware. The U-Joint can break causing the trailing rider to be separated from the towing bicycle, lose control, fall and be injured.

Riteway Products has received six reports of the U-Joint bolt hardware failing. Two minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes and bruises, have been reported.

The Cycle Design Tag-A-Long Trailer comes in three colors: blue, black or green. All of the trailers have the Tag-A-Long logo on the main tube of the trailer, as well as on the chain guard. The words "Cycle Design" are on the main tube of the trailer. Authorized Rite way Dealers nationwide sold the trailers from July 1997 through November 1997 for about $179.

Consumers should stop using the trailer immediately and call their local bicycle dealer or Riteway Products to arrange to have the U-Joint and accompanying hardware replaced free of charge. For the location of the nearest dealer or questions about this recall, consumers should call Riteway at (800) 743-3248 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.