March 31, 1998

Norco Products USA Announces Recall of Bike Passenger Trailers

Norco Products USA, of Tukwila, Wash., is recalling about 450 bike passenger trailers for repair. Metal fatigue could cause failure at the hitch arm pivot bracket, resulting in the trailer breaking loose from the bicycle, causing injury to the occupant of the trailer.

These trailers are designed to carry one or two children behind a bicycle. This recall includes Norco Stagecoach, Norco Rambler, Norco Tot Taxi, Axiom Firefly and Bike Mate Trailer models with a folding arm. The model name is located on the back of the trailer in 2-inch letters. Small independent bicycle shops in Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Idaho and Colorado sold the trailers from January 1997 through February 1998 for about $200 to $350.

Consumers should stop using these bike trailers immediately and call the store where purchased or Norco Products to arrange to have a safety upgrade kit installed at no charge. For the location of the nearest store or for more information, consumers should call Norco at (800) 521-9088 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday. Washington residents should call (800) 635-5550. Consumers also can request information by electronic mail at sales@norco.com.