Loaded Boards Recalls Orangatang Skateboard Wheels; Blow-outs Pose Risk of Injury to Riders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2009
Release # 09-250

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 855-0708
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

Loaded Boards Recalls Orangatang Skateboard Wheels; Blow-outs Pose Risk of Injury to Riders

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Orangatang Skateboard Wheels

Units: About 1,200 sets

Distributor: Loaded Boards Inc., of Beverly Hills, Calif.

Hazard: The recalled skateboard wheel’s core can shear and blow-out causing the wheel to separate from the skateboard truck’s axle and bearings. This poses a risk of serious injury to riders.

Incidents/Injuries: Loaded Boards has received 10 reports of wheels separating. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves Orangatang “In-Heat” skateboard wheels. They were sold in two styles: 75mm/purple/83a durometer and 75mm/orange/80a durometer. The words “orangatang,” “In Heat,” and the size and durometer are written on the sidewall of the wheel. The wheels were sold in sets of four.

Sold at: Authorized Loaded Boards/Orangatang Wheels dealers nationwide from March 2009 through April 2009 for about $55 per set.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the wheels immediately and contact Loaded Boards Inc. or any authorized dealer for a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Loaded Boards Inc. toll-free at (877) 855-0708 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, e-mail the firm at coreissue@loadedboards.com or visit the firm’s Web sites at www.loadedboards.com or www.orangatangwheels.com

Picture of Recalled skateboard wheels