July 18, 2007

Thule announces voluntary recall of hitch-style bicycle racks

Seymour, Connecticut – Thule Inc. has issued a recall of a number of its discontinued hitch-style bicycle racks, which have a pinch point with the potential for severe injury, including lacerations or amputations. Thule is working in cooperation with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to administer the recall.

Thule has determined that the racks have a pinch point between the bike arm bracket and the upright assembly of the hitch-style bicycle rack. Injury can result when the bike arm bracket is moved to its down position.

The recall includes the Hitching Post Pro (934, 934XT, 935, 935XT, 936,
936XT, 937, 937XT, 951, 951XT), Expressway (995, 995XT, 996, 996XT), and Trailblazer (998, 998XT) models sold between January 2003 and June 2007 at bicycle, sporting goods, and automobile supply stores. Thule has contacted its dealers and instructed them to immediately stop all sales of the affected models and to remove all inventory from the sales floor.

Consumers should stop using these racks immediately and contact Thule at 1-800-848-5391 or at www.thuleracks.com to obtain a free repair kit. The recall affects only the discontinued models mentioned.

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