|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2004
Release # 04-203
|Firm's Hotline: (800) 831-1117
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, BMW Announce Recall of SlideCarver Scooters
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: SlideCarver Scooter
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC, of Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
Hazard: The front column of the scooter does not meet impact resistance standards. The handlebar column can break if the scooter hits an object, which can cause the rider to fall and suffer injuries.
Incidents/Injuries: BMW has received one report of a scooter front column breaking, causing a rider to fall and suffer minor injuries.
Description: The SlideCarver is a three-wheeled scooter which is designed to be steered both in the front and back. The steering design allows riders to shift weight and change direction while maintaining control. It has twin-disc brakes, and wide tires equipped with wear indicators. The SlideCarver stands 39.5 inches high by 20 inches wide, has a 26.5-inch wheelbase, weighs approximately 26.5 pounds, and can be folded. "BMW" and "SlideCarver" are written on the underside of the rider platform of these scooters.
Sold at: BMW dealerships and on the firm's Web site from December 2003 through July 2004 for about $700.
Manufactured in: Germany
Remedy: Consumers should return the SlideCarver scooters to any BMW dealership or contact the firm for information on returning the scooter to receive a refund. Additionally, consumers will receive a $200 gift certificate for BMW lifestyle merchandise.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact BMW at (800) 831-1117 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of
thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the
nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or
mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household
chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at
(301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @OnSafety or by subscribing
to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.