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REI recalls bicycles due to fall hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Novara Fusion Bicycles

Units: About 160

Importer: REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) dba Novara, of Kent, Wash.

Hazard: The alloy steerer tube could separate from the fork, causing the rider to lose control and posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a steerer tube detaching. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Novara Fusion bicycles with serial numbers U95Y07321, U96Y28393, or in the sequential range of the last four digits U96Y28876 through U96Y29128. Serial numbers are located on the underside of the bike. The espresso-colored bicycles were sold in two styles, the Step Through and the Fusion. The Step Through was sold in extra small/small, while the Fusion was available in medium, large, and extra large.

Sold exclusively at: REI stores nationwide and at REI.com from November 2009 to November 2010 for between $600 and $900.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop riding the bicycles and contact their local REI store or the REI customer service center to arrange for a replacement fork to be installed free of charge.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact REI at (800) 426-4840 anytime or go to REI's website at http://www.rei.com/help/recall/index.html

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11140.html

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