Spitfire Inline Skates Recalled

A large recall of about 29,000 Spark, <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Spitfire Inline Skatesis being recalled by Rollerblade USA, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The recalled Spark, Spitfire Inline Skates, which were manufactured in Thailand, Vietnam, and China, were imported by Rollerblade USA, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The frame mounting bolts and wheel axle bolts can be loose on new skates. Loose wheels or frames on the skates can cause the rider to fall, posing a risk of injury. To date, Rollerblade USA has received 31 reports of loose bolts, including one report of a fall resulting in minor injuries that required medical attention.

This recall involves the following models of inline skates purchased since September 2009.

• Spark Pro, Men’s (SKU# 00792200816), Black
• Spark Pro, Women’s (SKU# 007923007E2), Anthracite (Gray)
• Spark 80, Men’s (SKU# 00702800956), Black
• Spark 80, Women’s (SKU# 007029009A6), Anthracite (Gray)
• Spitfire, Boy’s (SKU# 00705500741), Black
• Spitfire, Girl’s (SKU# 007056007Y8), Silver
• Spitfire S, Boy’s (SKU# 00705700956), Black
• Spitfire S, Girl’s (SKU# 007058009A7), Anthracite (Gray)
• Spitfire LX, (SKU# 00705000955), Silver

The recalled Spark, Spitfire Inline Skates were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and on the Internet from September 2009 through July 2010 for between $80 and $160.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately inspect all wheel-axle and frame-mounting bolts to ensure that they are properly tightened. Rollerblade USA recommends regular inspection and tightening of bolts. After wheel-axle and frame mounting bolts are inspected and tightened, if needed, products are acceptable for sale and use. Video instructions on bolt tightening and maintenance are available at www.rollerblade.com.

Rollerblade USA can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.232.7655 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s website at www.rollerblade.com.

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