Thule Child Transport Systems of Canada has recalled about 44,000 bicycle trailers and 70,000 bicycle trailer conversion kits, because the bicycle trailer’s hitch mechanisms can crack and break, causing the trailer to detach from the bicycle and posing an injury hazard to children in the bicycle trailer.
The company has received 24 incident reports worldwide, three of which occurred in the U.S., involving the bicycle trailers and the conversion kits, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported today. No injuries have been reported.
Chariot Carriers convert to strollers, jogging strollers and bike, hike or ski trailers. The recalled trailers have serial numbers from 1205-xxxx to 0710-xxxx located on the left side of the frame. The serial numbers represent manufacture dates December 2005 through July 2010.
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 without a label, but with a release push button located where the hitch arm inserts into the carrier, are also being recalled.
Chariot bicycle trailers were sold for $400 and $925 at specialty bicycle stores nationwide and on various websites from December 2005 through August 2010, and the bicycle trailer conversion kits were sold for $40 to $70 from October 2002 through August 2011.
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 call Chariot Carriers at 800-262-8651, or visit www.chariotcarriers.com.