NEW YORK (AP) ?
Men’s bicycles lead the list of consumer product recalls this week. Another model of John Deere lawn tractor is also under scrutiny, along with a bunk bed that can collapse.
Here’s a look at the details:
DETAILS: “NEXT”-branded men’s 26-inch hybrid bicycles, manufactured in China for Bridgeway International of Naples, Fla., and sold nationwide at Walmart stores from February through July. The red or orange bikes have model numbers LBH2611M and LBH2611M2 located on the frame between the pedals.
WHY: The bicycle chain can break, which could cause the rider to lose control and fall.
INCIDENTS: There have been 11 reports of the chain breaking, including nine involving cuts and bumps.
HOW MANY: About 91,000.
FOR MORE: Call 877-934-3228; visit www.powerxbike.com .
DETAILS: The recall involves nine 2011 model year bicycles made with Advanced Group carbon forks ? the component that connects the wheel to the bike ? distributed by Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., of Morgan Hill, Calif. The bikes are Sirrus Expert, Sirrus Comp, Sirrus Elite, Vita Expert, Vita Comp, Vita Elite, Vita Elite Step Thru, Tricross Sport, Tricross, and Tricross Comp, and all have the brand name “Specialized” on the lower front frame tube. The bikes were sold at authorized Specialized retailers nationwide from June 2010 through August 2011.
WHY: The brake component housed within the bicycle’s carbon fork can come apart from the fork, which could allow the brake assembly to contact the wheel spokes while rotating.
INCDIENTS: Two reports of the brake component disengaging from the carbon fork. No injuries.
HOW MANY: About 14,200.
FOR MORE: Call 877-808-8154; visit www.specialized.com .
DETAILS: John Deere X300, X300R and X304 series lawn tractors with engines made by Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA of Grand Rapids, Mich., sold at John Deere dealers nationwide from September 2010 to August 2011.
WHY: The cooling fan installed on top of the front mounted engine can break, which could lead to the engine overheating. That may cause the surrounding plastic to melt, creating the risk of fire.
HOW MANY: About 36,500.
INCIDENTS: There have been 163 reported fan failures, including 83 reports of engine melting or engine fires and one minor burn injury.
FOR MORE: Call 800-537-8233; visit www.johndeere.com
DETAILS: Wood twin bunk beds and loft bunk beds made in Indonesia for American Woodcrafters, of High Point, N.C. The beds have a permanent label attached to the headboard or the footboard with the American Woodcrafters logo; SKU numbers, 1800-977 or 1800-969; PO Numbers: 103276, 103432, or 300038. They were sold by furniture dealers nationwide from October through June.
WHY: The guard rails on upper bunks can crack and cause the mattress and its support rails to collapse
INCIDENTS: Two reports of cracked guard rails that led to collapse. No injuries.
HOW MANY: 180
FOR MORE: Call 888-429-7265; visit www.american-woodcrafters.com .