Bicycle Resistance Trainers Recalled

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">recalls on two bicycle resistance trainers today.  Both items are folding stands that lift and apply resistance to the rear wheel of a standard bike, converting it into a stationary trainer.  In both cases, the recall is due to a hazard in which the springs in the trainers can unhook and become a projectile, posing a puncture risk to users or bystanders.

The CPSC—in collaboration with Performance Inc.—issued a voluntary product safety recall of approximately 3,000 of the 2007 and 2008 Performance Travel Trac Trainers imported by Performance Inc., of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Performance received three reports of springs releasing from the trainers; no injuries have been reported.

The recalled 2007 and 2008 Performance Travel Trac trainers were manufactured in Italy and sold at Performance stores nationwide and via Performance’s Web site and catalogs from October 2006 through March 2008 and retailed for between $330 and $400.  The recall includes the TT Inertial, TT I-Force Wireless, and TT Millennium I-Force models.  The Inertial and I-Force Wireless use the same stand with a looping black base and two red bike support arms.  The Millennium I-Force has a collapsible black stand.  Item numbers are printed on the bottom of the last page of the owner’s manual:

  • Inertial:  Catalog # 40-3834—UPC 400014548343 and I-Force Wireless:  Catalog #40-3833—UPC 400014548268. “Travel Trac” printed in white along the right arm, “Millennium” printed along the left stand arm on a vertical white decal; there are also black horizontal decals.
  • Millennium I-Force:  Catalog # 40-3656—UPC 400013501073.  “Travel Trac” and “I-Force” vertical white decals and “Inertial” in small red letters.

Consumers should immediately stop using these Performance trainers and return them to a Performance store for a refund, repair, or credit.  Performance can be reached at (800) 727-2433 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, at the company’s Web site at www.performanceinc.com, or by e-mail at recall@performanceinc.com.

The CPSC, in collaboration with Nashbar Direct Inc., is recalling approximately 200 of the 2008 Travel Trac Gravity Inertial Trainers, which were made in Italy and imported by Nashbar Direct Inc., of Canfield, Ohio.  While no injuries have been reported, Nashbar received three reports of springs releasing from the trainers.

The recall includes Travel Trac Gravity Inertial Trainers Catalog # NB-TTMIF, with a looping black base and two red support arms. “Travel Trac” is printed in white on the right support arm, “Millennium” is printed in white on the left arm, and “Inertial” is printed on the top of the right arm in black with a white border.  The resistance unit has a rounded black plastic cover with a soft red elastomer roller.  The item number is printed on the bottom of the last page of the owner’s manual.

Travel Trac Gravity Inertial Trainers were sold via Nashbar’s Web site and catalogs from January 2008 through February 2008 and retailed for about $330.  Consumers should immediately stop using these trainers and contact Nashbar to receive a free repair or refund and can reach Nashbar at (877) 688-8600 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or at the Website at www.nashbar.com, or by e-mail at recall@nashbar.com.

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