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Norco Recalls Children’s Bikes for Crash Hazard

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According to a recent announcement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Norco Bicycles is recalling about 1,050 bicycles because of a crash hazard. So far, no injuries have been reported, but there have been problems that could lead to injury-causing accidents.

Norco Bicycles was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in British Columbia, Canada. The recall also includes about 1,750 bikes in Canada.

Norco Recall Affects Model Years 2015-2017

The recall affects model year 2015-2017 children’s bicycles (20- and 24-inch) with Samox SAC30-111NA square taper bicycle cranks in 140mm and 152mm lengths. The model names including the following:

  • Storm 2.1
  • Storm 4.1
  • Charger 2.1
  • Charger 4.1
  • Fluid HT 2.3
  • Fluid HT 4.3
  • Fluid FS 2.2
  • Fluid FS 4.2

Consumers can find the model name on the top tube of the bicycle.

According to the company, the problem is that the cranks can bend or break during normal use, posing a fall hazard. The company has already received four reports of the cranks doing just that. The cranks or “crankarms”, as they’re sometimes called, attach the bicycle bottom bracket axle to the pedals. If they bend in towards the frame, for example, they can catch on the frame, increasing the risk of a fall.

Norco has advised consumers to check their bikes for the crankset model and length as shown in the photographs on their website. The model number is located on the inside of both crankarms, and the crank length is stamped at the end of each crank arm.

If you have the affected AC-30 crankset, stop riding the bike and contact your local bike dealer to arrange installation of a replacement AC-13 crank, free of charge. You can also call Norco directly at 604-552-2940, or email them at recall@norco.com. The bikes were sold from May 2016 through September 2017 for between $400 and $1,700.

Helmets Help Reduce Risk of Face and Head Injuries

Based on data from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), about 800 bicyclists died on the road in 2015, which was an increase of 12.2 percent over the year before, and the highest number since 1995. About 45,000 people were injured.

That same year, about 37 bicyclists under the age of 14 were killed, and 5,000 were injured. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes that in the majority of bicyclist deaths, the most serious injuries are to the head. Estimates are that helmet use can reduce the odds of head injury by 50 percent, and the odds of head, face, or neck injury by 33 percent. Many states have laws requiring young children to wear helmets.

To help keep your kids safe when riding their bikes, check them over regularly to be sure they’re working correctly, watch the SafeKids website for recall updates, and urge your children to always wear their helmets.

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