Check your bicycle trailer before you take it out for a spin with your children. It might be part of a massive recall of Chariot Carriers by Thule Child Transport Systems.
The Canada-based company is recalling about 44,000 bicycle trailers and 70,000 trailer conversion kits in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The company is urging trailer owners to stop using the product, because the hitch mechanisms that connect the trailer to the bicycle can crack and break. Twenty-four breaks have occurred worldwide, with three in the US. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.
The Chariot Carriers are a style that convert bike trailers to strollers, jogging strollers or hike and ski trailers.
Trailers included in the recall have serial numbers 1205-XXX to 0710-XXX located on the left side of the frame. On the recalled conversion kits, the model number 20100503 is printed on a label attached to the aluminum tube. Also, the recall includes older conversion kits without a label that have a release push button where the hitch arm inserts in the carrier.
The carriers and kits were sold at specialty stores and websites from December 2005 through August 2010 for $400 to $925. The trailer conversion kits were sold from October 2002 through August 2010 for $40 to $70.
Owners should contact Chariot Carriers for a free repair kit that they can install. Contact Chariot Carriers at (800) 262-8651 between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, for visit the Chariot Carriers product recall site online. You'll also find an installation video at the website.
See also the CPSC recall information.