October 30, 2015 — Burley Design has issued a recall for about 34,000 child bicycle trailers because they can separate from the bike.
Burley has received 35 reports of trailers separating, including two incidents that resulted in abrasions to a child.
According to Burley, the trailers are connected to the bicycle by a tow bar, which attaches to the rear axle of the bicycle on one end, and to a tow-bar receiver on the other end.
The problem is that the black plastic tow-bar receiver can detach from the tow bar. According to Burley:
“Trailers with black plastic tow bar receivers can separate from the tow bar when they appear to be connected, posing a crash hazard to the child in the trailer.”
The recalled trailers can be identified by the first four characters of the serial numbers on the trailer. The serial number is printed on a sticker in the rear cargo area behind the seat of the trailer.
Model and serials affected by the recall include:
- Cub: K943
- Rental Cub: K943
- D’Lite and D’Lite ST: D948 and K948
- Encore: K942
- Solo and Solo ST: D939, K939, KK939
Trailers with aluminum tow bars and receivers are not included in the recall.
The bicycle trailers were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online at amazon.com and other retailers from January 2009 through October 2015 for $300-700.
Burley Design asks consumers to immediately stop using the recalled products and contact the company for a free safety strap kit with tools, instructions for installation, and a 20% off coupon on the purchase of a Burley accessory. Consumers who find cracked or damaged tow-bar receivers should request a free replacement.
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