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Dynacraft to Pay $1.4 million to Settle Safety Violations

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WASHINGTON — Dynacraft Industries Inc. has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle allegations that it incompletely informed the government of serious problems with its mountain bikes, which caused injuries to several riders. From 2000 to 2002, the San Rafael, Calif., company issued a series of recalls that amounted to over 267,000 bikes, the Consumer […]

WASHINGTON — Dynacraft Industries Inc. has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle allegations that it incompletely informed the government of serious problems with its mountain bikes, which caused injuries to several riders.

From 2000 to 2002, the San Rafael, Calif., company issued a series of recalls that amounted to over 267,000 bikes, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Of the nearly 250,000 bikes Dynacraft imported from July 1999 to March 2001, all were manufactured with forks that could break and separate from the front wheel, causing the rider to lose control of the bike, the commission said. More than a fifth of the bikes also had pedals that could come loose and fall off.

In early 2000, the firm recalled some 19,000 bikes after reporting that forks broke on a limited number of its Vertical XL2 models. Injuries included chipped teeth, a sprained back and head bumps and bruises. However, the CPSC alleges Dynacraft waited until July of that year to report additional known incidents of broken forks.

That recall was later expanded to nearly 25,000 more Vertical XL2 and Magna Electroshock bikes. Problems with the Magna Electroshock model resulted in about three dozen incidents and injuries.

Recalls were later initiated for Dynacraft’s Next Shockzone, Magna Equator and Next Ultra Shock models. One rider suffered a blood clot in the brain, the CPSC said.

Under federal law, companies must inform the CPSC within 24 hours of discovering any product defects that pose injury risks or violate federal safety standards.

As part of the settlement, Dynacraft denies it violated reporting requirements. The company was unavailable for comment Thursday.

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