Voluntary recall of retro bikes requested
THURSDAY , 19 MAY 2005
The Commerce Commission is requesting the voluntary recall of potentially unsafe "retro" style bicycles.
It is currently investigating two retailers for allegedly selling bicycles which contravene safety standards, and is writing to bicycle importers and distributors nationwide requesting the voluntary recall.
The bicycles are sold under a variety of names including, "retro", "chopper", "cruiser", and "lowrider" and the commission believed a large number had been sold recently.
The commission had found bicycles which breached safety standards in one or more ways, including no front brakes, handlebars too wide, no reflectors and frame lengths which cause stability problems, director of fair trading Deborah Battell said.
"Any one of these defects could compromise rider safety or affect handling, especially in an emergency," she said.
"Retailers and wholesalers have an absolute responsibility to ensure that any bicycle sold meets the safety standard.
"Consumers who suspect their bicycle does not meet the safety standard should immediately take the bicycle back to their retailer. Some breaches are easily fixed, but in other cases, a refund may be necessary."
The commission had met with the Bicycle Industry Association which has undertaken to reinforce with its members the necessity for compliance with compulsory safety standards, Ms Battell said.