Burley Design has issued a voluntary recall on over 34,000 of its bicycle child trailers that were sold in the U.S. and Canada. The recall cites a manufacture defect with the tow bar receiver as the reason.
So far, there have been 35 reports from consumers saying that the tow bar receiver had come apart from the trailer. “Burley has received two reports of broken tow bar receivers that led to the trailer detaching and rolling over, resulting in minor abrasions. No other injuries have been reported,” according to a statement on the Burley Design official website.
The seven different models of Burley bicycle trailers recalled are as follows: D’Lite, D’Lite ST, Encore, Solo, Solo ST, and Rental Cub manufactured from 2009-2015 with the plastic tow bar receiver and wheel guard. According to the Burley website, models that have an aluminum tow bar are not included.
Owners of the affected child trailers should immediately stop using them until they can get a user-installed safety strap from Burley Design. “Installation of the safety strap takes less than 20 minutes for any individual possessing basic competence with hand tools,” Burley says on the recall page.
Customers with affected models are also being offered a 20 percent discount on any Burley accessory for their inconvenience.
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