Thule/Chariot recalls bike trailers and kits:
WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN)—Thule Child Transport Systems is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall about 44,000 Chariot bike trailers and 70,000 trailer conversion kits.
The trailers’ hitch mechanism can crank and break, causing the trailer to detach from the bike.
The company has received reports of 24 incidents worldwide, including three in the U.S. No injuries were reported.
The recall involves trailers with serial numbers from 1205-xxx to 0710-xxx, which represent manufacture dates between December 2005 and July 2010. The numbers are on the left side of the frame.
The recall also involves conversion kits used to convert a Chariot jog stroller into a bike trailer. The kits have the model number “20100503” on a label attached to the kits’ aluminum tube, next to a warning label. Older conversion kits without the label are also being recalled. These can be identified by a release push button on the hitch arm.
The products were sold at speciality bike stores and elsewhere between December 2005 and August 2010. The trailers retailed for between $400 and $925. The conversion kits retailed for between $40 and $70.
The products were made in Canada.
Consumers should stop using the products immediately and contact Chariot Carriers for a free repair kit.
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.