Recall: Instep, Schwinn bicycle trailers

08156b NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

January 8, 2008
Release #08-156

Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 564-2261
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Pacific Cycle Recalls Children's Trailer Bicycles; Can Detach from Adult
Bicycle and Injure Children

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.

Name of Product: InStep "Pathfinder," Schwinn "Run About," and Mongoose
"Alley Cat" Trailer Bicycles

Units: About 7,000

Manufacturer: Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wis.

Hazard: The coupler connecting the children's trailer bike to the
adult's bicycle has welds that can fail, posing a fall hazard to

Incidents/Injuries: Pacific Cycle has received one report of the coupler
failing, resulting in a fall and abrasions to the rider.

Description: The "Pathfinder," "Run About," and "Alley Cat" are
single-wheeled, children's bicycles that connect to an adult's bicycle
by a coupler. The recall includes model numbers: 12-PF250, 13-SC250,
13-SC350 and M5101. The model number is located on the lower seat tube
of the frame. The affected couplers have welded plates; bicycles that
have couplers with cast parts are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Bicycle stores and retailers nationwide from January 2007
through August 2007 for between $80 and $120.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled wagon away from
children and contact Tricam Industries for instructions on how to return
the wagon and obtain a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pacific Cycle
toll-free at (877) 564-2261 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through
Friday, or visit,, or