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Wishbone Design Recalls Recycled Edition Bikes Due to Injury Hazard

Hazard: The handlebar can pinch fingers placed at the center where the handlebar connects to the bike frame.

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Wishbone-Design-Recalls-Recycled-Edition-Bikes/

Name of Product: Recycled Edition Bikes

Remedy: Repair

Consumers should immediately stop using the bike, take it away from children and contact Wishbone or the store where the bike was purchased for a free neoprene cover for the handlebar.

Consumer Contact: Wishbone Design Studio toll-free at 888-748-7453 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at http://www.wishbonedesign.com  and click on Product Care and then Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Wishbone-Design-Recalls-Recycled-Edition-Bikes/

Units: About 400 (an additional 4,600 were sold outside the United States)

Description: The Wishbone Recycled (RE) Bikes are made from recycled black plastic materials with 12-inch, air-filled white rubber tires. The adjustable seat height ranges from 9 to 20 inches. The bikes weigh about 10 pounds. The two recalled bikes include one 3-in-1 model, which is adjustable as a 3-wheeler or 2-wheeler with a high seat or low seat; and one 2-wheeler model, which is adjustable with a high or low seat. The date codes for production appear in a round dial on the front frame of the bikes under the seat. Date codes are either December 2013 or May 2014. The year appears in the center of the dial and the arrow points to the month. There is also a Wishbone logo embossed on each bike fork.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm received reports of four incidents, including two injuries. One required stitches and one required restorative surgery.

Sold at: Independent toy and bike stores nationwide and online at http://www.amazon.com  from July 2014 through June 2015 for about $200 for the 2-wheeler and $230 for the 3-in-1.

Importer: Wishbone Design Studio Limited of Yardville, N.J.

Manufactured in: China

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

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