Separation Risk Leads to Bike Trailer Recall from Burley Design

Separation Risk Leads to Bike Trailer Recall from Burley Design
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October 28, 2015

A bike parts manufacturer is issuing a recall for a product deemed unsafe for children.

This week, Burley Design announced that it would be voluntarily recalling child bicycle trailers. The company has received 35 reports of trailers with black plastic tow bar receivers separating from the tow bar, including two incidents that resulted in abrasions to a child.

In the affected models, the 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. Burley is recalling about 34,000 units.

This recall involves seven models of Burley Design child bicycle trailers manufactured from 2009 to 2015. The trailers allow cyclists to tow children behind their bicycles while riding. Recalled trailers can be identified by the first four characters of the serial numbers on the trailer. The serial number is on a sticker in the rear cargo area behind the seat of the trailer on the left inside frame bar. For a list of the model names and associated serial numbers, see the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) release.

The recall is only for trailers with plastic bars. Those with aluminum bars are not included.

The trailers were sold at REI, Sport Chalet and other sporting goods stores and bike shops nationwide, and at Amazon and other online retailers from January 2009 to October 2015 for between $300 and $700.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycle trailers and contact Burley for a free safety strap kit with tools and instructions for installation and a coupon for a 20 percent discount on the purchase of any Burley accessory. Consumers should also inspect the black plastic tow bar receiver. If it appears to be cracked or damaged, consumers should also request a free replacement tow bar receiver.

Customers with questions about the recall can contact Burley Design at (800) 311-5294.